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VOL. XCn. No. 12 


NEW YORK, WEDNESDAY. OCTOBER 3, 1928 


64 PAGES 



ROAD'S" COMEBACK CHANCE 



Broadwayites Going for East Side 
Nite Life-Freaky, Cheap and Fast 



Night life on New York's lower 
East Side has assumed vast propor- 
tions of a highly amusing nature 
within the past year, the hide- 
aways arid even the "tourist" places 
Increasing in prestige and drawing 
power to the exact degree that the 
Broadway gyp 'hangouts have lost 
ground with the regulars. 
These freak sawdust Hebe honky- 
r tonks, crowded from dinner time to 
the early hours of the morning with 
weird denizens of a score of for- 
eign colonies, with their mixed en- 
tertainers of all nationalities, offer 
amusement value never heard of 
uptown. 

Even, the chump joints, spotted by 
the large electrics and silk-shirted 
waiters, and sometimes a congenial, 
red-nosed doorman, are a panic with 
certain Broadwayites. 

There are marked arid numerous 
differences bet;yeen the Esust Side 
take Joint and the regular hang- 
out. The sawdusts feature fern 
warblers of heavyweight dimen- 
sions, who deliver from the center 
(Continued on page 66) 



Church Memberships 

V/ashington, Oct. 2. 

Churches are gaining in mem- 
bership according to the Census 
Bureia-u which has ju.st relea.sod its 
report covering 1926. 

Total membership in the 213 ex- 
isting bodies was 54.624,976. This 
covered 231,933 churches, parishes 
and congregations. 

Ten years ago the membership 
was recorded at 41,926,854 in 200 
religious bodies. 

As to the largest individual or- 
ganization membership the bureau 
lists them as follows: Catholics, 
18,000,000; Jewish congregations, 4,- 
087.000; Methodist Episcopal, 4,000,- 
000; Southern Baptists, ij.,.") 24,000; 
Negro Baptists, 3,196,000. ' 



Boilermaker-Chorus Boy 
Tired of His Family 

. Rochester. N. Y.y Oct. 2. 

Harr^ L. Kairow, alias Keon 
Kairoff, .n, Broadway chorus boy 
and erstwhile boilermaker, is in jail 
here without bail following his plea 
of not guilty to abandonment oE his 
wife, and three children. 

Kairow informed the Missus In 
court he never wanted to see her 
or the kiddies again. He got the 
yen td be an opera singer some 
eight years ago, according to hin 
wife, when someone told him he had 
a voice. She hadn't seen or heard 
from him .since until police here 
nabbed him as he came to th<? city 
for .1 flying .visit. 



Merchants Behind Stock Company 

Opera Ilou.se, Bayonnr^, N. J;. re- 
lights Oct. 15 with dramatic stock 
bankrolled by n ^roup of bii.siae.s.s 
men adjao.-nt f. ; t.ho tii':Mtr.' 



Quick, the Needles! 



The "atmosphere" performers 
in Mae West's "The Pleasure 
Man" have been instructed by 
Miss west that, during the 
dreasingroom scene (on the 
stage) they must not read — 
they miist knit, 

"Business" is business. 

At the dress rehearsal, which 
lasted all night, after putting 
in this and multitudinous other 
alterations. Miss West sank 
exhausted on u chair and 
sighed "Wow — ^I'm all fagged 
otft!" 



2 Fibn Stock Racketeers 
Get 60 Days in Cleveland 

Cleveland, Oct. i. 

Arrested for working, the old 
movie gyp racket, Frederico Viola, 
self-acclaimed Impresario, and C. 
M. Blackle, his business manager, 
were sentenced to 60 days in the 
workhouse and fined $50 and costs 
each on charges of obtaining money 
under false pretenses. 

Charges were brought against the 
racketeers by reporters of the 
Cleveland Press, who exposed their 
faka picture producing company 
called the Cleveland Film Produc- 
ing Corporation. 

■ Viola and Blackle pulled in 
chumps' money by promi.sing them 
roles in a $100,000 movie to be pro- 
duced,, as payment for the stock 
they bought in. the company. 

Investigation started when a sob 
sister reporter called for instruc- 
tions in the art of movie acting. 
Instead.she was offered stock in the 
company which had not been or- 
ganized. 

After some hlgh-pres.sure sales 
talk,' the .«?ob-sisteV coughed up $20 
clown on $2,000 w.prth of. stock, for 
which - she was to have a role in 
the film,. Then she called the cops. 

During the trial Viola admitted 
he was MichaH Peros, former 
taxicab driver and tile setter of 
New York ,and Blnokle was actu- 
ally Archibald Black, stock sale.-! - 
man and pfomotor. 




Tyler» Ames and Hampden 
Organizing to "Organize 
the Audience'' in Major 
Cities — r Adjacent Stands 
Then Supplied with Legit 
Traveling Attractions — - 
"New York Not America," 
Tyler Says 



HIGH TOP OF $3 



Big Sea and Feel Men 

Force Out Runway 

Runway numljer.'< at. the S.trir in 
Brooklyn, known proC'^.s.sionally as 
tlre^^^^ya iiora- =-i'Ii p podi:ome;---will = be 
scrapped next woek. the nmnage- 
ment beiii.g un.'ihle to cor)>.' ^^Ith th*' 
roughneok tactics of t\\<} goh.s. Thr 
boys just won't ;idhere to the 
no touch edict. 

Houso has trif^d -sovoral m^HhOils 
to quiet the sail'ir.s n^'-ir th'-- r'inw.).y 
who in.-j'ist upon nriulin? th--' i 



George C. Tyler, ' Winthrop Amos 
and WaltOK. Hampden are associ 
ated in a plan to help restore "the 
road" on a subscription plan simi 
lar in type to the guarantee system 
of the Theatre Guild. 

Tyler is the creator of the plan 
which includes a nation-wide tie 
up with the Church iand Drama 
League^ 

' The system is being organized 
under the name of National The 
atre Foundation with Clayton Ham 
ilton doing the promotion and 
Beauvais Fox handling publicity 
Tyler phrases his idea s£a "pro- 
ducing for America." Admitting 
that he cannot give New York the 
sensational type of play it seems 
to want, the veteran producer of 
(Continued on page 52) 



NOT HICKISH TO 
CARRY BOOZE 
NOWADAYS 



Talkers Increasing Production 
Cost of Pictures, 




A Family Paper 



Los Angeles, Oct. 2. 

Two men who among other 
things collaborate as play- 
wrights share a studio ofllco 
and a copy of Variety \yeekly. 
The day following Its delivery 
A demanded B give up the is- 
sue he had taken home the 
night before. 

"Sorry." replied B, "but my 
wife took it away from me 
saying she and the children 
hadn't read It." 



The Times Square wisenheimers 
foresee a good break for the nite 
lifers' kidneyw with the new no- 
sell ide'a in many of the nite clubs, 
cafes, restaurants, etc.,' thus com- 
pelling the nocturnal steppers-out 
to. b. y o. j. 

What was a silly if magnanimous 
gesture in the pa^t of giving the 
house a break and buying the poi- 
son In the* joints, the managerial 
edict again.«*t selling now makes it 

(Continued on page 55) 



Another Reason 



A number of throw-aways 
-are being circulated by a for- 
mer Keith performer urging 
"Smith votefr~rn tHe'~tralIeT 

Tht^ argument is signed by 
on alia.s. It is that four years 
longi^r of prohibition will mean 
at K-ast 10,000 more unem- 
ployed po.rformers from p;id- 
loi."k*^d '■'.abarf r.s. 



National Advertisers Turn 
To Talking Shorts 

Lucky Strike, Paimollve, . Happi- 
ness Candy, and other leading na- 
tional advertl.sers are reported ne- 
gotiating with film-talking short 
subject makiers. 

Talking shorts are being accept- 
ed as the newest system of exploi- 
tation, commercially, and relatively 
inexpensive as compared with other 
mediums. 

Advertisers u.slng the radio, ac- 
customed to putting on the most 
extensive talent over the air for a 
plug, are understood willing to pay 
the entire cost of talking .short pro- 
duction and al.so supply the artists. 

Radio names . may be used to a 
considerable extent. The talking 
short maker will charge for the 
work without production cast, and 
may also receive revenue from dis- 
tribution. 

Lucky Strike ciBiiretsr 
curing a large number of names on 
the "publicity" prorriise only for 
type ads, is now reported paying up 
to $2,500 for additionally. 



Talking picture production will 
cost the film Industry from $15,- 
000,090 to $18,000,000 OVer the . usual 
budget appropriations during the 
coming season, it Is estimated. 

This additional expenditure will 
go to the electrical companies in 
the form, of royalties, service and 
technical charges. 

More than 300 pictures are now 
scheduled for . production with 
.sound, a total of over 2.000 reels 
with $500 per reel royalty, or over 
$1,000,000, to the patent holding ' 
electric companies. Probably twice 
that number of pictures will be list- 
ed for sounding before^the produc- 
tion plans for next year are com- 
pleted. 

In addition to royalties of over 
$2,000,000, engineering and serv- 
icing charges win aggregate a sim- 
ilar amount. The additional studio 
and mechanical coat of producing 
sound pictures will be approxi- 
mately $12,000i000, 

"This Increased production cost 
(Continued on page 10) 



Two Jolsons on Bill 



Chicago, Oct. 2. 

On the program with Al Jolson's 
"Singing Fool," to open at McVlck- 
ers Oct. 5, will be a Movietone short 
of Ruby Keeler. 

Max Balaban Is billing and adver- 
tising Miss Keeler as Mrs. Al Jol- 
3on. 



Trostitution' Closed Under 
Penalty of Arrests 



"Prostitution" was scrapped after 
the matinee opening at the Grant- 
wood, Grantwood, N. J., Monday, 
when town censors notified George 
Hetherlngton, producer and finan- 
cier of the stock, that if an eve- 
ning performance were attempted 
he and the company would be- 
placed under arrest. 

Hetherlngton called in his attor- 
ney with the latter advising Heth- 
erlngton to close. 

The hou.se Is dark for the re- 
mainder of the week with "Little^ 
Wom.en" uncler1Inf>d for next week 
If the stock reopens. 
' "rrostitutioh'-' depicted the strug- 
gle of a group Of women to eke out 
a livelihood to devote to families 
and other urgent purposes. 



Mechanic to Lead 

Los Angeles, Oct. 2. 
OrvUle Waldbrldge, discovered by 
Ceicll B. DoMille in a gas filling sta- 
tion, will play the male lead in 
"Dynamite," DcMilio's first for 
M-G-M. 



Punch-Board Booze 

Poughkoopsie, N. Y., Oct. 2. 

Booze on a punch-board is the 
latest, her. (v.^=:.^^^,^_w^ _^ 

Small 200-holo pocket boards are 
around. IVIzos in quarts and pints 
of Scotch. 

ICach board, at .$l per punch, pays 
off In liquor. 

The boys are woi-hini; the street 
corncTs, suppl.viMg Ihn prizes from 
nearby auiotnobiK-s. 



After 30 Years 

Rinhmond, Ind., Oct. 2, 
Witnesses of the fir.st Richmond 
movie here 30 yoar.s ago were in- 
vited by the Tivoli theatre to at- 
tend the showing of the first sound 
picture in this city. 



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GDITRY'SNEW 
PIECE SCORES 

Strauss Operetta Feature 
of New Offerings 



Paris, Oct: 2. 

t^aohu Ouiiry's rour-.Kit operetta, 
"Maiiettc," .giv*>n Monday ; (Oct.;. 1) 
at the Theatre, ICilouward VII was 
very well received, making the 
high light Of a period full of new 
l>aris Offerings. .Guitry pioce has 
inu)^ic by bscHr ."^trauss and deals 
with the early lovo adventures of 
.Vapoiebn III withMari'-.tte, a pro- 
vincial opera .«ingf r. 

C^uitry Is ■ splondid as Xapolcon, 
and Yvonne Printemps delightCul .'is 
the heroine. The dramatic . climax 
is in the third ' act, '\vhero Xapoloon 
quits Marietta for. political roa.sons. 
In the last act a journalist is in- 
jyrviewing- Mariette today, the hero- 
ine nov.' being an old woman who 
'hats amusingly of historical evcnt.s. 
It's a trivial story, hut delightful. 



"Uh Joli Monsieur" , 

. "X'n joli :Monsieuv," operetta by 
Jean BasUa and Paul Cloquemin 
and music , by Irving . Paris, son of 
Bastia, was favorably produced at 
ihe little playhouse, Theatre Com- 
opdia, up Montniartrc way. It's a 
:.;piey affair, dealing with a respect- 
able youth who has an affair with 
:t demimondainc, getting himself 
wrre.sted on the mistaken idea that 
he lives on her. . His misadventiires 
are all the more embarrassing, be-. . 
cause of his approaching marriage, 
and this makes the story, ending 
with his escape in the nick of time. 

In the cast are Paula, Poggi, 
Pierade, Miles. Renhe U'Ys, Tvette 
Tessy. Maria Olivro and Tvonne 
Ixjisel. 

"Bob" 

"Bob," also by Bastia and .Saint 
Ceorges, and score by Julien Feiner, 
Was not quite so isuccessful at the 
Mathurins. It has to do with the 
marriage of Bob, an illegitimate 
son whose father, a crook, signs all 
kinds of promissory/notes upon a 
secret-paper which crumblcs.to dust 
before the payment is due. In the 
.•ast are Pizella, Henry Jtillien and 
Pepa Bonafe. . 

Ex-Chorine Featured 
The new Palace revue, entitled 
"Beaute de Paris," is the typical 
Palace show and was received with 
typical enthusiasm. Dufrenno is 
featuring Edmonde Guy, former 
chorus girl df the Ba-ta-clan, ac- 
companied by her dancing partner, 
Van Duren, who had- much -to do 
with bringing her: intp the lime- 
light. , 
' J.,ast-min>ite addition, to the cast 
Is ,Tcan LeValliere, son of the re- 
iired hurlesque actress, who does 
little. The Irwin sisters, billed as 
the Irwin Twin.s, also are present 
in the cast, which comprises Dou- 
mel, Henry, the Belgian comedian 
Cherry Kobler, and Tina Meller, 
sister of Kaquel. • Pizarro and his 
orchestra are an asset. 

Sea Rolling 
"Coups dc Pouli.s" ( "Sea Swells") 
Is the third opera of the last week, 
produced by L. .VoUerra at the 
.\ta r igiiyV If is ihP -wbrlr ' of Albert 
Carre, former director of the Opera 
Oomiquc. It had a.n indifferent re- 
•eption Saturday evening, although 
its . charmingly ramili.ar music won 
praise. Slender, plot relates, how 
l'"'i'ench ofTicial sent to inspect a 
- ua.ttle ship ;travels. to . Kgypt with 
ills ■ daughter, becoming involved 
with a naughty lady and is saved 
by his clever daughter who marries 
a naval oftleer. In the east arc 
Jlaimu. Pierre ]\l:ignler, Mmes. 
;\r;iguy W'arna and Morcella Denya. 
Brieux Revived 
"J.(>s Ilannetons" ('-The . May 
Bug"), bring lOugene Brieux'.^ social 
.■omcdy crciated -22 years a'4o with 
Lucieri Guitry and Mme. Pdlicre, 
was mounted at the Tlieatro Mi>-hcl 
. by Trebor. When it was lirst played 
the theme of illegitimate unions in- 
spired a shocked outcry. Xowaday.-i 
it is euriouslv mild and antiquated 



Real Vaude This 

Week at Palladium 



London, Oct. 2. 
This week's hill at the Palladium 
is rog.arded here as vaudeville at its 
best," with Van and Schenck easily 
the best headlinor the house has 
held since returning to variety pro- 
grams. Latter team, opening to a 
reception, worked into a riot doing 
encore after encore and finally 
winding up by singing a couple of 
numbers from the orchestra pit. 
The boys are hooked on this site 
for two weeks hut should be hand- 
cuffed to the theatre. ^ ^ 
' Of the other turns, Nitza v et - 
nillc, assisted by Charles Collins, 
•was well received despite the 
house awkwardly interpolating a 
comedy, dance turn to fill in during 
Miss Vcrnillo's changes. Shells 
doubling here from rehear.s.Qls for 
the revival of "The Lilac Dom- 
ino 

; Oti this -same layout Roth aiid 
Shay are a laugh hit with Fleurette 
Jeoffric, cblaratura soprano, over 
nicely and to replace the comedy 
dancer in the Verhille act. 
. Arnaut Brothers and Trixie Fri- 
ganza are no small part of the 
entertainment and Gu$ Fowler is 
in the, closing spot; Despite the Jat^- 
ness of the hour. Fowler held the 
house last night (Monday) but was 
out of the supper show due to tne 
length of. the program. 

Van and Schenck are currently 
doubling at the Kit Cat, where they 
are hooked for four weeks, prac- 
tically offering an all Yiddish rou- 
tine oh this, restaurant floor last 
night the pair scored the biggest 
hit since Soph Tucker's final ap- 
pearance. 




AustraGa 

By Eric H. Gorrick 



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Sydney, Aug. 25. 
Toti dal JAonte, leading soprano 
of the W.-T. Opera, will marry L. 
Muro Lomanto, tenor of the coni- 
pany, this week in St. Marys 
Cathedral. Nevil Talt, director of 
the season, will give the bride 
away. Toti is booked for America 
at a later date. 



GEORGIE WOOD 

"The World's Boy," who.se work 
has received unqualified praise from 
siich* great critics as Hannen Swaffer, 
the Manchester "Guardian," the 
British public. Dame Nellie Melba, 
St; John Irvine and the .American 
ptibiic. . Now with Juliain Wy lie's 
"Follies of 1928." Address BM/JIM, 
London, Eng., W.' C. 1. 



REGISTER! 



Rosie Dolly Blanked, 
But Income Sounds 0; K. 



London, Oct. 2. 
. Rosie Dolly, one-half or the Dolly 
Sisters, is wed to $75,000,000 but can 
never touch the principal. 

Sir Mortimer Davis, Canadian 
multimillionaire, who 'U-^u^d 
$150,000,000, has willed half of ms 
fortune to his son. Mortimer, tor Mle, 
providing it is not passed to the 
latter's wife or their Issue. Rosie 
la Mrs. Mortimer Davis, Jr. . , ^ 

Davis' father has also left him 
an annuity of nearly $85,000. 



Next week, conimencing Oct. 
8, is registration week. 

Polls will be open through- 
out the week, starting Monday, 
from 6:30 to 10 o'clock p. m. 
On Saturday, all day. . 

Register I . 



Piker's Father Dies 



Principal opening of the week 
was Margaret Banner man in 
"Other Men's Wives," rather silly 
play by Walter Hackett. The Eng 
lish start is supported by a good 
coast; Frances Lister, Lily Tithcr 
adgo, Noel Dainto'n, Geoff Millar 
and Pirie Bush. WiUiamson-Talt 
behind the attraction, which looks 
like running several weeks to good 
business. 

W.-T. have a real hit in 
Silent House," with jVIaurice Mosco- 
vitch at the Royal. Shpw dramatic 
hit. 

Percy Hutchinson in "Mr. What's- 
His-Name" at the Palace, has not 
set the town alight and the show 
closes this week after but a brief 
stay. Hutchinson will reviye "The 
Luck of the Navy" for few nights 
before moving out of town. 

Stock company playing melo- 
drama at the Opera House Tab 
revue still poptilar at Fullers. 
Vaudeville dead at this house. 
Tivoli 

Management worked a nif ty_ gag 
when announcing Monday night as 
an American community affair. Acts 
playing mostly American, with the 
Ingenues and Joe Termini featured. 
Every American citizen in this cuy 
attended the show. First time gag 
pulled here. Maybe in the future 
we will have an all-foreign bill 
[(Americans not called foreigners 
' over here), and after that an ^Aus- 
tralian bill. Business is tremendous 
at this house and has been so lor 



picture next and liked. Helen and 
Frank and house ballet working 
wiS plenty of pop. Os Perry gave 
ihc* outfit corking setting. Red 
Hair" followed intermisison and did 

"^Capitol Is grossing about, the big. 
gest business in town and the mecc^ 
of the elite. Stuart Doyje Is the 
leading light, behind ^thls house. 

Union Vaudeville ^ „ , 
Acts playing circuit include HmifI 
French, Lamorits, Redpeppers^ To- 
rino. Dornfield. Helen and Frank 
Head Hugo and Ramona, Grand 
Opera Four, Wanda and Easter Sav- 
age O'Brien Sisters and Mack, the 
Enos, Santell, Mustard Club Revue. 
PIquo, Roy Ryan, Fallow Twina. 
Lewola Brothers and Maggie Foster,. 

MELBOURNE ^. 
"Hit the Deck," 3d week at His 
Majesty's. Show does not look liM 
running into big hit. W.-T. man- 

'The I^^^Tife" Patsy'' doing well at Royal, 
In^ 7th week. Irene Home featured. 
W.-T. direction. ' ^ ' ... 

"New Brooms" at Athenaeum, 6tli 
week. "White Collars" follows. 
Carroll management for fach. . 

Palace— "Sport from Hollow Log 
Au.stralian comedy in 2d week. 

Fullers. . ^ ^ 

Kings— Stock (drama). 
"Outward Bound" revived at . 

jprincess. , _ it^^ 

Dion Boucicault and Irene Van- 
brugh m "The High Road" at Com- 
edv for W-T. 

Tivoli has Berg, Jimmy Kemper,. 
Cromwell Knox and Dlero as Prln- 
cipal attractions. The Ingenues 
open next week, featured, . ^ 

Tab revue still popular at Bijou.. 
Pictures 

"The Circus" still domg well ar 

^'"So?rin and Son" opens shortly at 
Capitol . on run. 

All Around 
"Student Prince" oPens at tier 
Majestys. Sydney, next month with 
Seppie' de Vries and JamesJ^Wdy. 
W. T. bought the show from Ru£6 



Harry Pilcer is oil the Rochairi- 

b«iu at sea bringing back the body ^^^^^^^^ ^^^^ ^ ^ ^^^^^ 

of his father, Samuel Pilcer, who Ut this house an^d has been so lor ^ «„,„v,^, St. 

. « * «i i„ v«a 77th several weeks. Termini opened tnisi_— . Rita" finishes at tn, 

died, in Paris, Sept M. in his 77th severa^ ^enf over very big after ^nen ^ ^^^ be followed with 
^1.,^- Tuioz^T. hnfl made I r _-_r Tk/fpibnume. I^res- 1 j^*^^g Elsie Prince in lead 



year. The elder Pilcer had made 
his heme with Harry in Paris for 
the last two years, having gone to 
the French capital from New York, 
Where he lived with his other son, 
Irving, who is with Paul Tauslg & 
Son, travel agents in New York. 
A daughter also survives, residing 

in New York. -o- w 

Funeral services In New York 
will be announced, probably for 
Oct. 11. 



several wccn-o. .i^,* -r-- — ^..^ 
week and went over very big after 
a good season In. Melbourne. Pres- 
ent bill is an expensive one, but the 
coin is certainly going into tne 

treasury. ■ 

Pictures 

''The Merry Widow" in for ex 
tended season at Crystal Palace. 



^th Jimmy Godden. "Good News 
^rt hut fairlv in Melbourne, owingr, 
ft is said to trouble in the com-, 
iany Fullers will handle the show. 
^ £Jw Parks has left Fuller Arm. 



■Tlie aierry .v»*uu»t - — , — Lew l-'arKS . v t„^„-i 

nded season at Crystal Pa ace. charge to go mto business 

D^SXajS^inT '^sJ:;^^ M^S'I on his owm ^.,Hrvn 



"NYMPH'S" REVIVAL 0. K. 

London, Oct. 2. 
Basil Dean's revival of "The Con- 
stant Nymph" was warmly greeted 
at the Garrick last Thunsda^ 

^ ^-The new ed i tion stars Jean Forbes - 
Robertson. 



Helen Wehrle in London 

London, Oct. 2. 
Helen Wehrle, acrobatic dancer 
recently appearing at the Capitol. 
New York, has been booked for the 
Savoy hotel for January. 



Chatter in Paris 

Paris, Sept. 21. 
About the biggest surprise around 
here is the workout of. the giant 
pug, Genaro. He only measures six 
feet 10% inches from his stockings 
upwards. Those who saw him box 
before his battle Wednesday we 
averred that he was just a mug 
and that a real fighter could bowl 
him over in a round or two. 

That theory haa been entirely ex- 
ploded. The pachyderm Is so darn 
tall most fighters can't reach his 
chin He appears to be fighting a 
downward battle taking full ad- 



'itldU^ — • ' 

ness." Red Pepper jazz band stage 
attraction. , 

Corking entertainment at Regent, 
with "My Best Girl" as the feature. 
"Hangman's House" additional. Joe 
Aronson's jazz, outfit, great stage 
show,. Ernest Mitchell in charge of 
regular house orchestra. . 

"Wings" on second run at Lyceum 
this week. Dornfield on stage. 

Empress has "Lures of Love, 
"The Grey Glovei" and 
Fifty Girl.'.' 

Haym?irket featuring tab revue 
and two films. Busines-i nice. 

Hovfs screening '.'Across to Sing- 
apore" and "Flcetwing." , Tom Katz 
and jazz band featured here. Busi- 
ness good. -r, • M-A' 

"Sunrise" failed at the Prince Ku- 
ward and will go out this week. 
Replaced with "The Student P"nce 
on run. Big Prolog was mooted by 
management, but as W.--T. .hold 
rights to this play, idea has been 
dropped W.-T. will have "Student 
PdS?e," stage version," following 
Jpera season at Her Majesty's. 
"Prince" picture may do well nere. 



Dancers Held Over 1 downward battle taking full ^a- | "I'rince pitjiu^^ "-f^^^^ 

London. Oct. 2. ^11 his height. Another Wed by Dan Gari oil. 

Julie Johnson and George Mur- I '^"V B . I umpire 

phy, ballroom dancers from "Good 
News," .are being held over at the 
Cafe de Paris. 



SAILiNGS 



thing the cunning little fellow does 
is rest all his weight on his opt 
I ponent during the clinches. They 
say he weighs 266 pounds but those 
who claim to know say that he is 
nearer 300. 



'99 



''VARIETY 

Paris Representative 

ED. G. KENDREW 
70 Rue d'Alesia, XIV 



Oct. 10 ' i'aris to New York) 
Louis Aubert (lie de France). 

Oct! 3 (New York to London) 
Henry Car.son (Washington). 

Noy 15 (London to New York) 
t ylvia Clark, BobV.:; Kuhn (Colum 
bus). ' . * 

Kov 9 (London to New York), 
Constance Eyan.-^, Monty Wolf (Re 

pul)lic), ' , N 

Nov. 3 (I^)iidori to New ork) 

Dick Henderson ( Afiuitania). 

Oct. 2S fNapK'S to New York), 

Kdwin Carc'wc, Dolores D''l Rio 

(Roma). „■ ^ 

Oct. 17 a-ondon to New York). 
Beatrice Lillio, Noel Coward 'Ma- 

jo.stic). , , 

.Oct. 6 (New York to London!, 

T. 1). Kfinp. Jr. i France). 

Oct. 6 (Now York to London). 

J lenity. Hcaij,'tuU._lI-eyJath 

St-pt. 29 (Now York to Bermuda) 

Laurence Srlnv;-.li, Mr. and Mr.s. B. 

O. De Sjiva tl^Tinuda). 

Sept. 29 (London to Now York) 

W. R. Hearst i Bi rongaria). 

Sept. 29 (New York Paris) Barney 

Zeeman and band die de I'-^-ance). 

Sept. 28 (New York to London) 

Regin.ald Riibe.son (Caronia). 

Sept. 2c (London to New York) 

Kngenc Castle (Leviathan). 



The town has settled down to its 
usual serious quiet drinking now 
that the collegians have departed. 
What a Bigh of relief the American 
residents let out when the thick 
of the tourists have gone. home. 

Many of the all year roundex-s 
forsake their favorite .haunts all 
summer because of the pestiferous 
stupidity of some of the wayfar- 

•The New York bar is about the 
worst sufferer from the university 
lads and the bohunks from the 
sticks who . don't know what it s 
all about. Sixty-two fights. 900 
college yells and a glass of beer 
down your back are nightly oc- 
curence In that barnying emporium. 



GUILD'S 1ST MEETING 

First meeting of the new season 
Iv^llT bT K^idf W ^Hie^^SWlsh^ The- 
atrical Guild at the BlJou theatre, 
Wf .st 45th street, Tuesday eve- 



on 



ning, Oct. 9, at 11:30. 



Nares' New Play 

London, Oct. t. 
Owen Nares is to be starred late 
this fall In a new SUtro play called 
"Living l*ogether.*' 



Vlt-'llnla perry reiUaced ,K»tt«n 
Reece in title role of Princess 
Chiming" in Adelaide. Under W. 

"^•"Now'^Brooms," at Athenaeum. 
Merboume, by .American company^ 
looks like running into nice hit wr 

*^TvmS LIddy signed with W. 
for two :j^ars following success m 
• •. I ''Student Prince." Liddy went to op- 
•Th'e Fifty- PoSf'on ^vhen Naylor sold rights of 
p'u? UP at auction the Tivoli Syd- 
nev was passed in when the bid- 
dtnk ^nly "^reached ?350,000. The 
owners say they ^'^ant a.bout $500 - 
000 for playhouse. W. T. have twa 
theatre on lease with 14 years td 
run W T. pay a weekly rental for 
Tivoli, Sydney and Melbourne. 

Very old theatre, owned hy the 
late Harry Rickard. Place^ badly 
nids rebuilding but unable to 
carry out alterations, not being the 

"""^ufl" Naylor. director of Emplr^ 
has been a vcry . S'cl^ man but Js 

Sow reJovering^ ^^^^^°''^.i'^??h'e 
controlling the ISmpire, is one of the 
bipgest bookmakers operating in 
luftralla and is a very rich man. 

Picture Angle .\ /, 
Roy Barmby has been appointed 
assistant manager of ""^o" ^^^'J^ . 
atres. acting as right hand man to 
Stuart Doyle. : . v,,r1. 

"King of ICihPS'^ doing ereat husl^ 
nesg in the out of town theatres, 
played as special. vi<rh 
"censors not ec^tlng a very high 
wage here, but expected to^ worK 
very hard reviewing and cutting 
miles of mm, <^^>^airman of the 
Board of Censors docs not geUS.OOO, 
ner annum. A woman mcmbei' re- 
coTve§ a.little ;Ovor $2,000 for a years 

work. . ^, Vi 

Hoyts' New House 

Iloyts, with wliom arc mterestea 
William.son-Talt. will build an enor- 
mous theatre in «y(l"<^y,°" ^^^,^'1! 
now occupied by Hoyts' old movlj 
house. The new movie theatre wHl 
be called the Plaza. It will be right 
m the picture block. The_new ho^Jje 
will stand just where J. D. W Ularns 

first started his P^n"^ .^^^T^^H- 
years ago. The Plaza will be at 

mosphevic. . ^„a,^ "Ro- 

Frcd Phillips, who made 
mance of Runnymedc" ..^''th Eva 
S;?ak fis star, stated clunng his ex_ 
.aminatlon In bankruptcy t^a^ ^J^t 
.tral ian.^-mad&.. rJ^m.^.^'v^^ .,^°\ 
wanted here. "'if/J^o 
he could get monry J'^'^^^^ame 
auto trade here, but wlK;n it ram 
to getting money for m.akmg moMes 
hntikers went denF. — 



THE UNIVERSAL THEATRI 
OUABANTY *RU9T COMPANY, MZ rtfih Avenue, New V*>rk 



Empire 

When the Empire first open(5d 
with musical attractions the old 
wise heads said: "Pictures ^ sure 
thing for this house before long. 

And so it came to pass. 
— Twice "daily "Mother Machree on 
silver .screein. ' , ^ v.«» «nt 
But the Naylor house has .not 
quite gone entirely film. No. Man- 
agement said: "Let's do It like those 
E^ys do in New York. Let's stage 
a condensed musical <3omedy as well 
as showing a picture." 

And so It came to pass, - ^. 
"Models" the thing is called. Dic- 
tionary cl.aims a model is an imita- 
tion of the real thing-. 

Probably the kindest thing to say 
ibout "Models" is that it runs btit 
an hour. The players include Laurie 
Cohen, Violet Elliott. Keith. Con- 
nolly, Margaret Grimshaw and li-s- 
salie Branson. Staged by Harry 
Hall. Business so-so.' 

Again the wise-heads: "Empire 
can't aland the picture opposition 
of the Capitol and the Regent In 
such elo.se proximity." 
And so It came to pass. 

Capitol 

Clinking entertainment, this week 
with "ICa.sy Come, Easy Go" and 
"Red Hair." Business capacity and 
hA^s'Teen =T6P "aO-=T?l'BCkS7 



Wednesday, October 3, 1928 



FOREIGN 



VARIETY 



London as It Looks 

By Hannen Swaffer 

London, Sept 21. 

Well, what do you think of St, John Ervlne? Has he told you any 
bitter truths yet? Has he put his finger right on the sore? Are you the 
most maryellousr people lii the world, or are you the worst, or are you 
the- most mediocre? 



Woollcoti Wants the Earth 

Mauiey Paul, ChoUey Knickerbocker of the New York American and 
whom I met the other night, was telling nie that Hearst approached 
Alexander Woollcott to follow Alan Dale. 

■Woollcptt wanted $50,000 a year and all sorts of nighta off and that 
sort of thing.. 

"President Goolidge is just giving up his oince," replied Hearist, 'T. 
think we'll offer the job to him instead." 



St. John Ervine "Explains" 

Krvlne'g last article in London was an apology for his laziness; In 
not being able to write a dramatic criticism in New York until two morn- 
ings after the night before. 

"This is the custom which was followed for some time in London by 
the Daily News and Leader," he says. "If a play was produced In the 
West End on. Monday Mr, Baughan's critici.sm appeared Wednesday. 
I do not doubt that this practice will eventually become general." 

May I reply that the practice will neyer be. followed except by stupid 
unenterprising newspapers with lazy critics? Baughan did it for some 
months like that. The Dally News readers were told, with a blare of 
trumpets, that they would not be told anything about a play until 
everybody had forgotten all about It. Then, a few weeks later, I met 
fiaughaii in the theatre. 

"Why I am not doing it the next morning, I do not know," he said. 

He .soon went back to the old style— and that is the end of that. Why 
the New York World cannot do what all, London new-gpapers do heaven 
only knows. But\ then, they tell me, over h6re, that the New York 
World is skidding, . ■ 

J[ do not often take more than 10 minutes to dictate a dramatic criti- 
cism, even If It runs to 900 words. If a man cannot do that he ought to 
have the sagk. If he has to take a whole day to make up iiis mind he 
hasn't got a mind. 



A Great Anglo-American Journalist 

By Lire way, my editor sails on the boat that brings thia. He is Ralph 
D. Blumonfeld, who Is the head- of the London journalists delegation 
visiting you from this side. 

. You need not make a fuss over Ralph D. Blumonfeld. He was born 
on your side in the middle west and he is the only American journalist 
who ever made good. 

If you want to know anything about me', you ask him. He won't tell 
you tlio truth. He is too good natured. 

"R. D. B.," as we all call him. Is the mo.st popular editor in London 
and the inspiring force of the Dally Express, which is now making the 
Daily Mall look silly. He learned how to set up type in his father's 
newspaper office, and, many years afterwards, when there was a general 
atrilco In England, he was the only member of his staff who could go 
upstairs in his composing room and set typo with the master machinist 
the only real i.'rinter left in the ofl^ce. ' 

He came- to London for James Gordon Bennett at the time of the 
Diamond Jubilee and made a friend of Gladstone. . He kept the Express 
going when, years ago, there was no money in the till, 

I do not think he has much opinion of actors, except that he is such a 
kindly follow that he wouldn't tell you. Still, he is the only man in 
London whose advice I ever take. 



I Do My Ow;i Publicity 

Two extraordinary things, to show the sudden boom in Swaffer, have 
occurred this week. Low, who is Lord Beaver brook's great cartoonist, 
printed in the Evening Standard a half page cartoon about the talkers 
m which, while other celebrities were labelled with their names my 
race had merely, beside it the word "It." 

Now this morning, the Dally Express reprints a cartoon from an art 
exhibition, in which I am called "The Great God Swaffer" 

Don't you believe it. It is only because, for years now, I have been 
banging my own drum. If you keep on. they believe you; but you 
inustn t believe it yourself. . . 

Believe me. It's the bunk! 



_ Marion Davies Comes to Town 

By th«^ way, just to show that there are no delusions about Marlon 
^^r^'^'/.L^^^^^^ Malone at the Matheson Lang first night 

ana .said. Do you remember me in 'The Sunshine Girl?' " 

«lo>,;^'^^^ * ^'"^^ ^" ^^y^ ^'h^" Malone staged the musical 

piay on Broadway. 

Yes, Malone remembered her, 
fi-iH ^ T'*t>r*^^i[' ^'■'^^ Davies before. She Is obviously a very nice 

hVh».. , "^'l' a charmingly modest way by which to idontify herself, 
umer .stars please note. .. . 



When the Yanks Come to London 

, I wonder if she remembers how 1 tore lier to pieces when her picture, 
••When Knighthood Was In Flower,", was screened in London! 

Well, she has wiped that out with "The Politic Flapper." Besides, 
she wanted to meet me, as, indeed, all Variety readers do. 

"I treat New York society like you treat these actors," said Maurey 
^^1^'' "You are the only English critic New York has ever heard of." 
- "We even- cut -out yoiir-TiQtieeg^ Ivbeif'y^u sm^^^^ the TJunclin 

Sisters last Sunday. 

"I wonder If I buy a play and act here you will roast me," said Tna 
Glaire two nights ago. 

I wonder who started this delusion thiat I am a hard-hearted man. . 
. All Antericans trem^e because of you when they come to London," 
eald Rosetta Duncan. 

Wliat.bunkl You ask 'em when tliey go home. 

lam their best, friend. 

Ask Jake Shubert. 



DEBEAR'S REVUE CLOSING 

London, Oct. 2. 
Many Happy Returns." Arohle 
Debear's revue, is closing this week. 

Herb Williams goes into vaude- 
ville, opening at the Pall.adium. next 
■week. 



Roth and Shay on Floor 

London, Oct. 2. 
RoLii and Shay opened at the 
Savoy iiotol Sunday (Sept.. »0) and 
scored .splendidly. They doubled 
._mnkiM.J2alladium:..(vaude\-.ille) 

Eli-/,iild« is here for hia .second 
season in this room with iiLs band 
incron.scd to 18 pieces, 



UNIT AT COUSEUM 

Tjondon, Oct. 8. 

"Young Bloods," vaudc unit, is 
booked Intact for the Coliseum 
(vaudeville), week Nov. 5. 

Group will probably occupy the 
entire first half of the bill. 




WFLL MAHONEY 

Now at t|ie Wilbur theatre; Bos- 
ton, featured In Gene Buck's "Take 
the Air." The Boston "American" 
said: "Let it be shrieked from the 
hillsides Will Mahoney is marvel- 
ous. . At the opening he even made 
the critics, laugh and that in Itself 
is a major operation." 

Direction 

RALPH G. FARNUM 

1560 BROADWAY 



Stage Disturber 



. London, Oct. 2. 

While Gaston, French mind 
reader, was performing at the Al- 
hambra (vaudeville) Saturday night 
(Sept , 29), William Tree and his 
wife, who do a somewhat similar 
iact, went on the stage among a 
committee and asked permlssloii to 
blindfold Gaston^ 

When refused. Tree stepped down 
to the lights and started protesting 
to the audience against foreign per- 
formers being engaged while native 
artists remain unemployed. He Waa 
hustled off stage. 



French Subsidy 



Paris, Oct 1. 

The French Government has 
voted 6,000,000' francs for subsidized 
theatres the coming year. 

Of this, amount the opera is al- 
lotted 2,400,000 frs.; Comedie Fran- 
calse, 1,000,000 frs.; Opera Com- 
ique, 1,000,000 ra., and the Odeon 
and PopuIair«, 600,000 fr& 



Rainy Paris 



Paris, Oct t. 
Autumn has arrived with a ven- 
geance. Hot weather of ten days 
ago is just a. memory In face of 
today's thermometer, hovering be- 
tween 40 and 60 with plenty of 
rain. 



WALLACE DELAYS TRIP 

London, Oct 2. 

Edgar Wallace's visit to New York 
has been postponed three weeks. He 
was to have pushed off Oct. 17, 

Rea.son is that the Huberts are 
not ready with the production of 
Wallace's "The Squeaker." 

/ t- — 



Continental Dates 

London, Oct. 2. 

Runaway Kour have l)non booked 
for the Winter Gardon. I-!eriin, next 
TOonth ----^-=-=-=--=-= 

Whispering Jack Smitli will star 
In the I'alace revuo, I'arls, due in 
Januiiry. 



INDEX 



POTClgH • V • . • • . * . • • • i\ 


— 


1-8 


■ X^icturGS ' 


4 


-29 


Picture Reviewi ......ir.. 




17 


Film House Reviews.... 




S9 


Vaudeville 


30 


-37 






40 


New Acts '• ...<.•■•...•. 




41 


Bills ... .«•••*.•• .E*. . . A • 


42 


-43 


Times Square 


46 


-47 


Editorial ............... 




49 


Women's Page 




48 




60 


-56 




60 


-57 


Outdoors ........... i ... .« 




68 






68 




59 


-63 






63 


Inside — Pictures 




49 






49 


Talking Shorts 




17 






28 


News of Dallies 




44 






64 






6 


.■ Biirlf.saue . .. , . .sr. , , 




=J8_ 






44 






55 




Mister Swaffer 



To the left of this page Is Mister Swaffer, himself in typo. 



Big I and I'm 

Mister Swaffer Is always himself in type. He's the Big I and I'm 
of ' Great Britain. 



Sews up England 

Since St. John Ervlne left London for the New York World, Hannen 
appears to have England sewed up. He's splashing all over It 



Not Onto Himsielf . 
Swaff says he haa the rep of being haxd hearted. Swaff meant hard 
boiled. He adds the American professionals are afraid of him. Which 
means that Mister Swaffer isn't onto himself. 



, Falls for Bull . 
If an American newspaper man or critic fell for bulling over here as 
easily as apparently' Swaffer docs over tiiere the American's! companions 
would cast him out of the writing union. 



Cinch for Publicity 

So the Americans wlvilo in London slip the syrup to Swaff and maybe 
get their name In the Daily Express of London. That's another paper 
which stands, for England's greatest I and I'm typist If they don't get 
In the Express, they are certain to got in Variety, under Lo'ndon .As She 
Ought to Be or -whatever head Swaff u.ses for his personal pronouns. 

Annoyed Brooklynite 

In New York one hears about Swaffer now and then. Like the lay 
reader in Brooklyn who wrote that if Varibty didn't discontinue that 
Swaffer column he would di.scontinue reading Variety. That was serious. 
So the Brooklynite was advised to skip Swaffer's department but buy 
and read the rest of the paper weekly as before. He replied with thanks, 
saying he had not, thought of that. 



bthers 

Or some one else, multiplied, saying: 

"Is there a Swaffer or is that office stuff, and if there is a Swaffer, la 
he possible?" 

Or another who coyly suggests that Swaffer is paying space rates to 
rant hi.s stuff and that Variety is accepting disguised advertising. 



Reflections 

These reflections upon Variety aren't nice, but someone outside of 
England must stand for Swaffer. Else he couldn't say so much about 
so many. 



London Office Did It 
Variety's London office wished this Swaffer guy onto Page 2. It told 
the New York ofiice, under cover, that- Swaffer \vould send the circula- 
tion of Variety in England beyond that of . America. The L. O. said a 
lot of things about Swaffer, none now worth repeating. And, of course, 
that he is the oracle of the world. 



Coquettish 

At first Swaffer was coquettish in his Page 2 stuff. Ho had discov- 
ered more shows than .Tack Lalt had actors, and said so weekly. That 
was passed over. Then the I thing. And then the bull. Meanwhile 
every once in a while a cable from the London office: "Kill third para- 
graph in Swaffer's stuff." That third paragraph usually was about tha 
King, Prince of Wales or some other atom of nobility. Sounded lik* 
good reading over here. Had no I's and looked strange under the Swaff 
head.. Still the killed paragraphs are the best, though they can't bo 
duplicated. One such was held out to be rewritten and dated from 
Montreal, biit the rewrite man made a bum of it. It was full of th« 
antecedents of the Sirs, Lords, Dukes, etc., of England. - 'Too bad. 



Letters 

In between times letters would pas.s between the L. O. and N. Y. O, 
with Swaffer mentioned. The L, O. slapped it on pretty thick about 
Swaffer's great impression over there with his Variety column. The 
New York office would reply in Its cold blooded way that it didn't show 
on the circulation sheet Then the L. O. would say that so many people 
read one Variety in England It. was difficult to calculate the circulation. 

Temperamental 

After that Swaffer commenced getting temperamental. A suspicion 
still lurks he dictated most of the L. O. letters hlmseelf. Another L. O. 
letter, about a Paris paper wanting Swaffer for a column a week, and 
Swaffer didn't like the way his stuff was being handled on Variety. 
The next week it didn't go at all, but Swaffer seemingly didn't notice 
that. His reply may have been a request for a salary raise through the 
L. O. Perhaps Swaff doesn't, know it but the L. O. has raised his salary 
three times, so if he Lsn't getting a split, or If he's kicking In with any- 
one over there, now's the time to .squawk. 



Looking Better 

Every one wants to know if the New York office crew ever saw 
Swaffer. Everyone truthfully and thankfully says no. Nor will Swaff 
reform, according to the account, though report says that with his I 
and I'm thing more heavily each wefk In Variety he is looking much 
better. 



Only an Englishman 

Many people conflude that only an PJngliahman could talk aa much 
about himself as Swaffer docs, although Swaffer is not an actor. Swaf- 
fer's private explanation of the I stuff is that we takes up an extra letter. 
It's not a bad reason for a bad habit. 



Irrepressible 

Mister swaffer 1$ irrcprea.^ible, if that word Is still working. He likes 
him.-jeif against the world and some people admit he's really a Class A 
j6urnalist. While the I stuff puts him in Class C company this side, he 
remains Class A In Britain. Over there. It seemjj, he's safe from expo- 
sure, excepting in the cluijs. In the clubs one Variety is purchased each 
Wednesday and the entire member.ship reads it by the next Wednesday. 
That's according to Gordon Beccles of the London Sunday Despatch 
when last In New York. What Mr. Beccles said about M. Swaffer in 
the N. Y. O. And what he later said in the Despatch w,as fairly accurate. 

Talked About 

But Swaffer's T and I'm way is getting Swaffer talked about over 
there and over here— although it doos not Increase VarL^ty's circulation 
in elthor place. 

Second Explanation 

Kw.'tff niadf^ one disc-Insure of his I and I'm prliicipU^ He can mako 
anoth'^r. 



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VARIETY 



PICTURES 



Wednesday, October 3, 1928 



Aaron Sapiro Explains His 
Inability to Aid Indie Exhibs; 
Need Man Who Knows Them Better 



Kpi'iUdhg of tlvo failure, of tho 
Inaopendonl Motion I'icturti Tik- 
hibitors' Association as a combina- 
tion to promote tho ;stariaing of In- 
dependont theatre. owners. In. 
dreator New York, Aaron Sapii'o, 
its first and only presldont, stated 
In an interview that as Ions, as ex- 
Jiibitors remain the kind of people 
they .are there is no hope. 

"I . am not the kind of man they 
should have chosen," Sapiro said, 
"but, of course, I know that now 
when It is tpb lato. I admit my 
inability , to cope with persblialitles 
of that type. . Had I known previ- 
ously of the character of these 
people I would have had nothing 
leas than a complete merger, or 
consolidation of their theatres, to 
be operated by one. man with a 
knowledge of the business. 

"What, the Independent theatre 
owners needed was a showman, an 
opero,tor,. a man "who would know 
how to de.'il wlth them, to be able 
to tell when they are sincere, hon- 
est and loyal; and meet their tac- 
tics if destructive. 

Did Nothing— Got. Nothing 

"I have not earned one cent as 
president of thiis organization," Sa- 
piro continued. "What they, gave 
me went to pay its bills. I do not 
clairn any payment, because I did 
not do anything for them. 

"And this is the first time in all 
niy experience as an organize!' that 
I have been able to do sjo' little: for 
any. group of men. Theif only sal- 
vation now is afflliatlon with the 
chains. ■ 

"I feel hurt," Sapiro added, "at 
the means they adopted to . end the 
combination.. They did not have to 
make any stand against me or start 
negotiations to" sell out -without my 
knowledge. Had those men come 
.to me openly and said they were 
dissatisfied and preferred to sell to 
the chains, I would not have stood 
in their way. 1 do not stand in 
their way now. 

"There can be ho honorable dis- 
solution of the iassoclation. If I 
wanted to I could attach every piece 
.of property on account of the cove- 
nant that runs, with land pi'ovided 
for in the contract. ' That, at least, 
wo'i\ld liindor an immediate sale to 
a chain. 

"But when I learned of their plans 
it was I. who suggested a way out, 
mutual agreement to cancellation 
of their contracts which will be 
effective by December. 

"Most of the members of the as- 
. sooiation would not do a dishonor- 
able act knowingly, despite several 
tried to' make deals with the pro- 
ducers for pictures, using the asso- 
ciation as a lever. 

Didn't Come. In 

"I did not attempt to hide from 
the niembors tho obHtaoles in the 
path of the association. Originally 
It was thought the assoi'latlon 
would attract the other independent 
theatre owners, but tho.se who 
promised to come in ni>ver. kept 

• their promises,. . 

"With only this limited liumljer 
of theatres the association found it 
dilfinult to make. tho right contracts, 
and I- told tlio members so. They 
became afraid and ran out." 

Sapiro' explained that with a lim- 
ited nuinbei" of houses here the only 
chance loft was to work with simi- 
lar coniTjinations in other parts of 
. the country. l-3ut he also said that 
un'. ■ the New York combination 
bei'; le successful It would not 
liavo been practical to .'<tart asso- 
ciations olsewhei'e. 

Sapiro claimed that if an exhibl- 
. tor. combination is to siiocecd tho 
oxhibitors will h.ave to withdraw 
from active management of th<'ir 
theatres and allow one experienced 
operatijig head to I'un the houses. 
}3ut knowing now a little of tho 
political intrigue that Kiu'ges 
within the bfenst of the average 
Ijidependent exhiliitor, Sapiro does 
"n^olrTreTu^W"^ lTFy=\vi ll^e\ 
or he satislied with sueli. an ar- 
rangement. 



Burkan 'S Welcome 



Nathan Burkan, the coun- 
selor, meeting .Sam Spring, , 
once again an attorney with 
his departure from First Na- 
tional, said: 

"Sam, I'm glad, to- weleoriv; 
you back to the field of hard 
work and harder money." 

Mr. Spring didn't even laugh 
it off:" • 



Salesman Socked $100; 
He's Anita DavisV Hubby 

Chicago, Sept. 25; 

Wllllam D. McLean, bond sales- 
man and husband of Anita T)avis, 
picture actress, -was fined $100 as 
one of the participators In a dis- 
turbance in which he claims he was. 
trying to resctie ^his fiancee from 
kidnappers. 

The .fiancee. Pearl A. Campbell 
of Minneapolis, had been engaged 
to a neighborhood boy, but tossed 
him when she met MdLean while 
buying her trouseau in Clii. This 
annoyed the. discarded boy friend. 
He came to Chicago with a girl 
friend to get Miss Campbell back 
to Minneapolis. 

They w;ere attempting to take her 
from her hotel into an automobile 
when McL/ertn came along and 
started the fracas. In court the al- 
leged kidnappers and McLean wore 
fined $10'" each for creating a dis- 
turbance. 

McLean promised to stay away 
from Miss Campbell until he gets 
a divorce from Miss Davl.s. . 



Harlem Fired with 

Colored Film Charice 

Looks' like 'King^ .VIdor, due in 
New York to start easting hix 
Negro "liallelujah" picture for 
M-G-M Is in for a surpi'ise. 

Harlem is on fire and everybody 
there wants to get in the picture. 

An ftU-colored c&st picture, "Ten 
derfeet," has been ma.de on. th^^ 
West Coast and Is to be brought 
East for a New York premiere. 

Among the principals are Spencer 
Beck, Mildred , and Flora Wa-shinj?- 
ton. 



Warners Making Talkers on 
Ordinary Studio Lot Stages; 
Sound Proof Not Required 



«TY" KELLY 
MARRYING ON 
OWNSTAGE 



San FrancLsco, Oct. 2. 

M. L. "Shorty" Kelly, who oper- 
ates the combination picture-: 
vaude-road show houses at Dinuba, 
a small town in Central California, 
and who has a wide acquaintance 
in the theatrical world, believes in 
going after business right when 
conditions a.re not too rosy. Instead 
of. pulling stereotyped exploitation 
stunt of haiving sonie outside couple 
married on his stage, Kelly is going 
to go it a little stronger, and will 
himself be the groom at a mar- 
riage to be solepfinlzed by a. regu-; 
larly ordained nfilnlster .Wednesday 
evening, Oct. 3. 

The bride to be, Ruth E. Weaver, 
is a. hon-pi'ofessional. 

For the occasion the feature pic- 
ture will be "Just Married." (Par.) 

A Foz Movietone riecording of the 
entire ceremony will be made, the 
details having been arranged by 
Fred Volght, branch manager, here 
for Fox, It" is planned to shoot 
2,000 feet. Aniong the entertainers 
will be Carrie Prentice, sopmnb, 
who will also be recorded on the 
n'ovieione. 



Christies Off Vaude Gags 



Los Angeles, Oct. 2. 

The Christies in the making of 
short subject specials with dialog 
ai-e not going to use any vaudeville 
gag material for their film. . 
. Instead, they have decided to buy 
up promising sketched or any 
sketches which have one or mor<^ 
di'amatlc situations. 

Within the past week they have 
bought two sketches that were 
shown at the Writers Club last win- 
ter, they are: "Bird In the Hand," 
by Percy Heath and ".Semper Fi- 
delas," by Al Cohn. , 



Red Golden Directing 

Red Opklon, former assl.'^tant to 
King A'idor, has become a full- 
Jledg'Hl director for M-C-M. He Is 
directing "Honeymoon," with Polly 
Miiran and Harry CJi'ibbon. 

Nobody seems to know Tiod's 
fnmt n; ne, 



HUGHES STAYS 

Los Angeles, Oct. 2. 

Howard Hughes, head of Caddo, 
has refuted the report of his re- 
tirement from pictures in recent, ad- 
vices sent east. 

Understanding is that Hughes will 
take another 30 days to clean up 
the air sequences of "Hell's Angels," 
after which he will start on another 
picture for United Artists' release. 

Caddo's next feature is apt to be 
all-adaptation of a current Broadway 
comedy for -which $i 66,000" is ^iiTjj 
asked for the screen rights. 



C. H. SMITH'S DIALOG 

Los Angeles, Oct. 2, 

At Uni-v-ersal C. H; Smith is writ-, 
ing. dialog on"Clear the Deck." 
Joseph Poland is writing an oi lgl- 
nal for .Reginald Denny to follow 
that picture. Hugh Hoffman Is 
writing continuity on "The Hou.se 
iif Grla.ss," from the play by Max 
J^Iarein. , 

Isidore Bernstein is adapting 
"Fallon Angels," by Arthur Some.rs 
Roche. Will Chapel is writing an 
original eircu.4 story and llona 
l'''ulr)p is adapting "Diploma," for- 
eign play. Tlie latter, with "House 
of dlass,'' will be made abroad. 



SUTHERXAND DIRECTING BEBE 

'i7os""l\^rTgeles7^^ 
I'Mdic SullierlanO lias l)een siirned 
by ]»aramonnt *o direct l^ebe 
Daniels' next, "The On-at Scoop," a 
newspaper yarn which Ll()>d Corrl- 
gan and Grover Jones are wvitiii.,' 
Sutherland replace!? Frank Stra yiT, 
originallyseheduled to make the mc- 
ture. lAitter will be assigned to an- 
other film. Sutherland, ^vas fonn 
erly Willi Paramount having mado 
mo^'t of the Beery-llait-on ."series. 



WARNERS SIGN YOUNGSTER 

Los Angeles, Oct. 2. 
David Lee, child film actor, was 
signed to a term coifitract by War- 
ner's as. a result of his work in 
"The Singing Fool." 

Jolson picked up David much as 
Chaplin found Jackie Coogan, dis- 
covering him setting in the casting 
office at Warners with his inother 
at a"time when he was looking for 
a youngster with personality. 

Schulberg Due East 

Los Angeles, Oct. 2. 
Mr. and Mrs. B; P. Schulberg will 
go to New Yotl/i on business this 
month. 



Embarrassed Ex-Extra 



Books Wanted by Club 



The M. P. Club lias sent out 
.'i third alarm for reading ma- 
terial. They -w'ant plenty of 
bo^oks, expecting that members 
will tire of. cards during the 
winter nights. 

Anything from Alger to 
Freud, but nothing must be 
too hot. 

Stories along tlie Hays' re- 
quirements for plots okay at 
any time. 



Arnold Kent Killed 
In Coast Auto Accident 



Los Angeles, Oct. 2. 

These spectacular rises of 
unknowns in pictures, some- 
times result in embarra.sslng 
moments for the favored ones. 
One young man, who two 
months ago -was an extra 
and now finds himself inside 
, the charmed circle and going 
jjp, within a month after en- 
gaged' W^^^l^acllng film -com- 
pany, was cast as leading man 
for a femme star. 

The part demands consider- 
able wardrobe, with frequent 
changes. The boy had been 
struggling along for several 
nibnths on his $7.50 daily once 
In a while and his prthclpal 
contract calls lor an unusually 
low salary. Moreover, he'd 
only been on salary for a week 
or. two. 

. When called into the office 
of the supervisor of the pro- 
duction, also the star's hus- 
band, he had to admit his en- 
tire wardrobe consisted of two 
business suits, a couple of 
pairs of shaes and other 
clothes in proportionate quan- 
tities. As result, the super- 
visor had to Invest in a com- 
plete set of togs of all kinds 
for the hoy before he could 
"s t ar tT"^""""" "^^^^ 

This particular lad broke 
into films after he had hitch- 
hiked his way acro.ss the coun- 
try from a .small town on the 
east coast whci^ he had served 
as a motorman and conductor 
on a one-man street ear. 
I'revious to that he had been 
a baker. 



Los Angeles, Oct, 2. 

Arnold Kent, 2S, leading man for 
Paramount, died Sept. 29 in Holly- 
wood Hospital from Injuries sus- 
tained when stniek by an auto 
driven by F.. H. Curtis, filrrt extra, 
the previous evening. 

Kent's companion, Margery Coes; 
secretary to Ruth Chutterton, re- 
ceived minor injuries. The couple, 
It was said, stepped from biehlnd a 
parked car into Curtis' path. Curtis 
was held by police and later ex- 
onerated. . 

Born In Italy as Lido Manettl, 
Kent was schooled as a civil engi- 
neer, later becoming a filni and legit 
actor on the continent. He was 
hrought to this country In 1925 by 
Carl, Laemmle and played in two 
pictures for Universal, Paramount 
then signed him as leading man in 
several pictures. 

When killed Kent, was playing an 
important part In Par's "Four 
Feathers." It will be necessary to 
replace him and retake all scenes 
in which he appeared. 

Funeral arrangements have been 
postponed pending the corotier's In- 
quest. Probably the body -will be 
shipped to Italy. Sur^/iving is the 
deceased's mother, resident of that 
country. 

Kent was' the second of Par's 
foreign retinues to be killed. Elnar 
Han.sen, Swedish, met death when 
his car overturned 15 months ago. 



Protecting AMPA P. A.s 



. A service bureau to deal especial- 
ly with its unemployed p. a. mem- 
bers liJ considered one of the most 
constructive moves yet made by the 
A. M. P. A. for its fold. 

If plans materialize it will be 
tough going for an outsider to break 
into film publicity. 

Tho arrangement calls for . the 
association to first take care of its 
own boys through a system whereby 
pulilklty directors will communicate 
with the bureau, ais soon as they 
have an opening. 



Police Called in on 

"Terror" Ad Stunt 

Minneapolis, Oct. 2. 

An adverlLsing stunt erhployed 
here for "The Terror" at- the Mln 
nesota last week caused an unex 
pected reaction, which resulted In 
humorous calls upon the police de 
partment and brought some grief 
to Manager Ed Smith. 

The gag consisted of the u,se of 
door hangers with a warning to 
hou.scholder.s to look doors and bolt 
windows because "The Terror Is 
Coming." Hundreds 'if. i)eople took 
the thing seriously and got in 
toUi;h with the police. 

It didn't take the police long to 
fathom tlie "niysery" and the wor- 
ried and scared men and women 
sorifing^ protect I<vn-.wcrcL^re££U!i:e 
i^iiiith, who had his hands full re- 
aiSbiij-ing and placating them. 

DeMille After Players 

Los Angeles, Oct, 2. 
C B. DeMille Is searching for tlire.e 
unl-.nown pl;iyer,<^ tn fill the pi'lneipal 
roles in "1 )yriamit i-," his lirst pic- 
ture for M-«-M. 



I..OS Angeles, Oct. 2. 
Faliui-i; of rival stydlos to get^ 
dialog pictures . ynder way because 
their sound-proof stages aren't com- 
pleted is getting quite a snicker 
out of Warner Bi'Others. Having 
been tlie ilrst in thes field to build 
sound stages, W. B. are ho\y .set- 
ting out to prove that the sound- 
proof structure isn't necessary,' 

They kept the f.'iet pretty much 
Under cover that part of 'Al Jol- 
son's "Winging Fool,-' paiiicularly 
the big cabaret sequences, had been 
Vitaplioned;on an ordinarj- .stage, 
becaO.'jfc the souhS 'Stages Avercn't 
big- enough to. accommodate tha set. 
Now, they are doing the same thing 
with Dolores Costello's "Madonna 
of A-v'enuc A," which Michael Cur- 
tiz is directing. They -admit that 
aside from the greater convenlerico 
the sound-proof stages arc not -a 
physical necessity for the mokins of 
Vilaphone ta.lkers. 

They are no longer worried by 
the street trafif^c on Sunset boule- 
vard, on which the studio fronts, as 
they have proved the stages used 
for .sbuhding pictures are far 
enough back so that the mikes don't 
pick up the street sounds. The 
only extra effort the ijse of ordi- 
nary .st ages involves is tiic organiz- 
Irtg of a . group Of property boys 
Into (rafnc cops Inside the studio, 
to keep vehicles On tlie lot from 
passing the stage while scenes are- 
being shot and the stilling of all 
carpenters' hammers. 

,At night, when much of the work 
is done, they <eixperience no diffi- 
culty at all in Vltaphoning on or- 
dinary stages. 

Weather Forecast 



Washington, Oct. 2. 
Weather Bureau furnlsh«\<< the fol- 
lowing outlook for weel{ beginning 
tomorrow (3) : 

Showers Wednesday. Thur.<5day 
and Friday fair and warmer, fol- 
lowed by showers .Saturday or Sun- 
day (7). 

Cooler Sunday night or Moilday. 



Bancroft Calms Down 

Los Angeles, Oct. 2. 

After being out of the .starring 
part of "The Wolf of Wall Street" 
for 24 hours George Bancroft iagain 
Is back In. a part he- badly wanted. 
Likewise Wallace Beery,, assigned 
to the part as a pinch hitter, auto- 
matically fades out of the picture. 

It all came about because Ban- 
croft felt he was worth more money 
than he was receiving, A situation 
developed which caused Paramount 
officials to move quicklj'. The date 
for starting was only a few days 
away. It was suggested to Ban- 
croft that he go home and that 
Beery would be assigned to the 
part. 

No hai-d gloves were ii.sed on 
either side. It was not long after 
Bancroft went home that inter- 
im edlaries entered the e.ontro versy. 
The answer Is that. Bancroft H 
working and everyone is entirely 
happy. 



James Ford Miscast 

Los AngeTe.s, Oct. 2. . 

After .tames Ford played the miale 
lead opposite Colleen Moore in "Syn- 
thetic Sin" for four days it was dis- 
covered he was not for the role. 
Replaced by Antonio Moreno who at 
the time was playing opposite Blllle 
Dove in "Adoration," both First Na- 
tional pictures. 

Ford wns discovered by Corrlne 
GrifFitli and signed to a term con- 
J.raet by l''ir.st National for liis work 
in "Tl Divine Lady." 



PHYLIIS HAVER'S MOVE 

.Los Angeles, Oct. 2. 
U_nl.e^_^J'irthe renews tli' ir op- 
t ion c>n riiy 1 VIs"fTavW=x7n^-1^lTe- 
pletion r)f "Ofllce Scahd.-il." her 
sixtli starring picture for tin? eon 
eerii within the past 12 inontlis, lie', 
eoiuraet will be taken over by C. 
U. DeMille, responsible for <levcl- 
oi)ing her into stardom. 

.HeMille may use th" young 
woman in his sef!(jnd pii'tiirc I'or W-i 
C. M. 



Wednesday. October 3, 1928 



PICTURES 



VARIETY 




DEALS 




Bankrupt Chi Circuit of 10 Houses 
For Sale at $4,000,000-Largest 
Losers Neighborhood People 




I Wealthy Tourists, Acting as Extras 
For "Fun of It," Anger Regulars 



Chlciiffo. Oct. S, 
A mcetln ar of the creditoca of Na- 
tlonflil Playhouse, Inc. once known 
iM cooney Brothers', waa called 
y^terday by the referee in bank- 
raptcy to dispose of claims against 
th© circuit. The corporation was 
adjudged bankrupt Aug. S. while 
being operated in receivership by 
the Chicago Title A Trust Co. 

After disposition of claims the 
circuit of 10 picture houses Is to 
be offered for sale at $4,000,000, the 
amount of bonded Indebtedness, 
l^ropertles originalli- were esti- 
mated to be worth $8,000,000. 

Declaration of bankruptcy killed 
all chance for the stockholders to 
realize. The circuit/was heavily In- 
Vested in by small family holders In 
the theatre neighborhoods. 

. RoDer Skating Marathon 

Chicago, Oct, 2. 
Jack Baker, publicity director for 
IJniversal licre^ has completed ar- 
rangements for a roller skate mara- 
thon between Chicago and Mil- 
waukee. Entrants will leave Mil- 
waukee Oct, 21. The race will 
terminate at White City, amuse- 
ment park, where prizes wlH t>e 
awtuded in the name of Carl 
Laemmle, Jr., directing U's "The 
Collegians" scries. 

Race will get a newspaper play 
as the "Collegiate Roller Skating 
Derby." Forty applications have 
been registered. 

The only prizes will be cups and 
taiedals. No coin, 

Hash-Slinging Prep . 

. Arthur Hornblow, Jr., arrives, in 
New York Oct. 3 followed by Di- 
rector Alfred Santell Oct 6. They 
are the advance guard for Samuel 
Goldwyn's epic of the New York 
hash slinger. It will star Vilma 
Banky. 

This is the picture by James 
Gleason for which Childs Restau- 
rants refused to permit the use of 
their properties. 



780-fL Talk Love Scene 



"Times Square," Gotham pro- 
duction Just, completed at 
the Bristolphone Laboratories, 
Hartford, Conn., iinder the su- 
pervision of Harold Shumate, 
has a love> aeauehce In dialog 
running oyer 780 feet; 

It Is one of the longest love 
scenes heard of. 



ORPHAN GYM MEMORIAL 
FOR WARNER BOYS 



Abe Warner Denies Dealing 
for Keith's/ F. & R./ 
Kunsky or Skouras' The- 
atres — T e r m s Reports 
"Stock Propagandas- 
Warners Holding 43% 
of Stanley — Needs Two- 
thirds of F. N; for Ab- 
solute Control 



DELAYED STATEMENT 



PETTIJOHN SLEEPER BUMPS 

Charlie Pettijolin, Hays* legal 
bower, left last week for one of 
his mystery excursions to Chicago 
and other parts. 

His .secretary denied that he 
would be closeted \with Mayor 
Thompson, saying that he was 
roughing it on the sleeper purely 
in the interests of anaemic ex 
Tubltors^ " 7 ' 



Men of achievement, rather than 
words, were tributes paid Warner 
Brothers at the dedication of the 
$125,000 gymnasium which they ten 
dored the HebrcAv Orphan Asylum 
in memory of their late brothers, 
Samuel and Irving. 

The gift was inspii'pd by the pro- 
ducers also as a testimonial to the 
living, so that the little lads who 
had dung Oh to fire-escapes In the 
yard watching their pictures could 
have a sheltered place to enjoy 
themselves. 

One of the most impressive events 
of the evening was 20 -year-old 
Louis "Warner's reply to his father, 
Harry, who made the dedication 
with his other brothers. 

"I have never looked up to my fa- 
ther more than tonight," Louis said. 
"I hope that within the next 25 
years I will be able to help him 
and his brothers carry on their 
work." 

president Warner and Will Hays 
competed with each other In extoll 
ing their respective sons; Warner, 
in accepting a trusteeship In the 
asyjum, ' said : 

'At this time I think I can be of 
great service." reading a paragraph 
of presentation which he said Louis 
had written. 

"You have shown to many of our 
oo-religlonists how to give ... and 
many of them need that lesson," 
remarked Samuel SLrasbourger, 
president of the asylum, in his ad- 
dress of acceptance. 

Win Hays was especially eloquent 
Telling of his childhood playmates 
and of his nurse. Hays addressed 
himself to the Warners: • 

"I like you boys. I love you boys. 
I love you more than ever tonight." 

Several other speakers addressed 
the assembly of over 2,000. 



Warner Brothers had not acquired 
control of either the Stanley Com- 
pany chain or First National up to 
yesterday afternoon (Tuesday), but 
both deals are expected by First 
Nationalites to be signed, sealed and 
delivered within 10 days. 

The First Na,tlonal firrangement is 
practically consummated, over 61 
per cent, of the company's stock 
being pledged to the Warners, but 
contingent on the brothers securing 
Stanley. With 43 per cent, of the 
Stanley stock In. their posaeisslon, 
the Warners are reported vo . be 
making every effort to secure the 
remaining 8 per cent, necessary for 
control. . This, and the ironing out 
of a few detailSj pertaining to ex- 
ecutive jobs under their regime. 
Stand alone In delaying the double 
deal closing. 

Twice during the past week the 
neg;btIations have reached . a crisis, 
Monday so confident were the War- 
ners of it that a statement on the 
acquisition of both Interests, in- 
cluding all details, was to have 
been handed to the press that after- 
noon, according to, Ab© Warner. 
Then Mr. Warner stated that his 
company was in ; full . control of 
Stanley and First National. 

He declared that at no time had 
the Warners entered eyeri into, ne- 
gotiations for Keith and Shubert 
theatre^ holdings., describing such re- 
ports as "propaganda for clever 
stock manipulations," He also re- 
corded denials of negotiations for 
Finkelstein and Rubin, the Kunsky 
or SkoTu-M theatres. 

Conferences of the Wambm with 
their attorneys and others Interested, 
starting early In the morning, and 
ending early next morning, during 
which meals were served In their 
meeting room, occupied a consldei:- 
able part of the Warners' time dur- 
ing the past week- 



TfSars vs. Laughs 

Los Angeles, Oct. 2. 
Emoting and comedy cut- 
ting up won't mix on the same 
.stage, A First National direc- 
tor found that, out when BlUIe 
Dove seriously was engaged In 
trying to shed tears while 
under the saine roof Colleen 
Moore and her company nolse- 
ily were trying to make laughs. 

The matter was mutually 
compromised when Frank 
Lloyd, directing the emoter, de- 
cided to shut . down and come 
back at night. That was done 
and his company worked all 
night In entire peace. 



SOUNDPROOF STAGES 
NOT RIGHT, SAYS BERN 



Los Angeles, Oct. 2. 
Sound proof stages will be torn 
down one. after another within a 
comparatively short time, declares 
Paul Bern, Pathe producer. Ob- 
servation on several sound proof 
stages has convinced Bern that 
dead walls Without reverberations 
even of slight degree will mean 
lifeless product. 

Bern concedes cameras and re- 
cording apparatus must be silent 
and that extraneous noises mUst be 
avoided, but he believes the evils 
resulting from the deadened walls 
will outweigh those that, will' go 
with walls and structure less rigid 
than the present method of sound 
stage construction.. 



Los Angt'Ks, Oct. 2. 

Film extras of Hollywood, with . 
none too good pickings for several 
months, feel thoy have a new kick 
and ai'o making It. Their protest 
Is lodged again.st the use by film 
companies of wealthy transient vis- 
itors in southern California, who 
want to play extra for a few days, 
just for the thrill. 

These visitors, who certainly • 
don't need the money, pull strings, 
which, somehow, always seem to 
be hanging out, to get on the sets. 
E>ach keeps some struggling extra 
out of a day's pay that means 
a lot. 

There are hundreds of these vis- 
itors here every year, acquainted ' 
with someone who has some sem- 
'blance of a drag In a studio, or 
who, through, mutual acquaintances, 
secure the desired Introduction to 
tiie studio person. Then the cus- 
tomary "do this for me, won't 
won?" and "It would be so Inter- 
iestlng 'to do It Just for a day or 
two, "that's all I care about," lln« 
Is pulled and It nearly always 
works. 

The studios using the Central 
Casting Bureau are pledged to take 
no extras except through Centrad, 
but the outsiders are being slipped 
in contlnuou!3ly Just the same. The 
outsiders admit.tedly mean, nothlnip 
to the picture, the experience being 
simply a sop to the vanity of the 
out-of-towner. 

Central has tried repeatedly to 
curb the practice, but success has 
been far from 100 per cent Mean- 
while the, more or less hungry ex- 
tras stand by seeing others take 
jobs which they feel are theirs by 
right. 



No Statement Yet 



PLOT HARMONY ACCENT 

Lily Jjainita speaks v/ith a French 
accent in the talking sequences of 
Samuel r.oldwyn's "The Resciie." 
Because of that, the piot has been 
changed to the extent that Instead 
of being an ICnglish woman In the 
film, Ml93 Dam ita will be described 
tiB of French descent. 



Columbia's "Davwn," 

Columbia has taken over national 
distribution of "Dawn," oth{>r than 
in New York state. Within the lat- 
ter boundaries the Big Throe Ex- 
change is handling the picture, 

Negotiations are on for a national 
distributor to guide "The Fall of 
St. Petersburg."' 



"Canary Murder" for Stage 

Lee ^lorri.ion Is reported contem- 
plating a .stage version of "The Ca- 
nary Murder Case," which was first 
a novel and may be viewed In screen 
form. 

If Moni.sun iioes through with the 
idea it will be u cUiplirale of the 
film, •'P..Ml;.my Trl.'il," 



"Great Power" as Talker 



Watcrbury, Conn., Oct, 2. 
The entire cast of "Great Power," 
closing at the Ritz, New York, last 
week after , a short run, arrived here 
Sunday to synchronize the play as 
presented on stage. The talker Is 
being mad© at Platts Mills, using 
the Bristolphone. Work began 
Monday. Minna Gombel and John 
Doyle are playing tlvo leads, with 
the production jointly directed by 
Myron G. Fagan, who produced the 
drama in New York, and Joseph 
Rook, of the Frank Warner Corp. 

Besides the actors are 20 technl- 
eians and cameramen. 



"TIN PAN ALLEY" DEFEREED 

Los Angeles, Oct. 2. 

The Irving Berlin idea for a story 
off ^"''TIfr"if'an=^llGyf-" as -Harry 
Uichman's first United Artl.sts star- 
ring picture in sound, has been de- 
ferred until Berlin can come to 
better t#rm3 on how the story 
should be treated for the .screen. 

In the meantime C. Gardner Sul- 
livan and Alan Cros.sland are work- 
ing on another iili^a for Riohman'B 
ilrst picture. 



Yesterday (Tuesday) when no 
statement was forthcoming. Abe In- 
terrogated his brother, Harry, as to 
when a statement could be Issued. 
The Warner president, who has re- 
used to s^e newspapermen since ne- 
gotiations neared the culminating 
stage, sent out word by his brother 
that he had .nothing to say and that 
no statement would be Issued until 
the deals are completedL which, Abe 
Warner quoting him, said might be 
In a few days. '■, . 

Under the present arrangement, 
unless the Warners hold two-thirds 
of each company, the Warners will 
not be In absolute control but wUl 
manage First National In eissocla- 
tion with Its present voting trust, 
It was learned. 

unless outright ownersjhlp of the 
two companies Is secured by 
Warners, First , Nationalites are 
positive that there will be three 
separate identities. If for no other 
reason than for the protection of 
the minority stockholders In both 
organizations. 

While it Is conceded that the 
First National studio, now turning 
out between 40 and 45 pictures 



Par Reported Buying 
Balaban & Katz Stock 

- Chicago, Oct. 2. 

Balaban &: Katz stock has been 
popping fireworks both In the Ohl 
cago market and on the New York 
curb. At the time of writing it Is 
listed at 90— a 14 point Jump in 10 
days. 

Favorite story around here Is 
Paramount trying to complete Its 
ownership of the B. & K. houses, of 
which they now own 65 per cent. 
Also that an exchange of stock on 
attractive terrns is in contempla 
tion. Trade of two shares of new 
Paramount (selling above 50) for 
one of B. & K. mVz on N. Y. 
Curb) has been mentioned. 

Balaban & Katz and their sub- 
sidiaries will show a marked in- 
crease in earnings over last year. 
Among their as.seta they aro said 
to hold over $500,000 of First Na- 
tional voting stock. 



Young Janney as Lead 

' Lps : Angck^s, . Oct ,^ 2.^ ^ 

Wiiliam Janney. son of Russell 
Janney, New York legit producer, Is 
now considered the leading can- 
didate for the masculine support to 
Mary. Plckford in her next picture, 
"Coquette." 

YoVirig Janney came to tlie coast 
to work^ for Henry Duffy In tlie 
latter's production of "Tommy," 
Later he knocked at Hollywood's 
door but nobody gave him a tumble, 
until Jack Lloyd of United Artists 
.scenario staff Introduced him to 
Director Sam Taylor. 



Katz and Dogs 



Man starts entering the Chi- 
cago theatre with two police 
dogs on leash. 

Doorman: "Hey! You can't 
(jome In here with dogs.'* 

Patron: "Why not?, Bala- 
ban comes In with Katz." 



"Nize Baby" Slopped; 
New Story and Cast 



Los Angeles, Oct. 2. 
After shooting .almost three weeks, 
on "Nlze Baby," the MUt Gross car- 
toon story, M.-G-M suspended last 
week production after the expendi- 
ture of $50,000. 

It was Intended to make the; pic- 
ture In dialog and sound and as a 
dramatic love story; then It was de- 
cided to shoot It as slap-atlck com- 
edy. 

Shootlnp along these lines prbg- 
res.sed with Hobart Ilenloy at the 
megaphone. Toward the middle of 
la.st week it was decided the atory 
was all wrong. The entire company 
was di.sbanded, with the direction 
turned over to Sam Woods, jvho la 
working on a new story for thia 
title with Al Boasbcrg. 

When the cast Is reassembled It 
Is under.stood Alexander Carr, Lou 
Wald ridge, ea.stern Juvenile Import- 
ed for the lead, and Sally Eller.n, 
feminine lead,_ will not b^ In the, 
picture. 

The other principals. Vera Gor- 
don, Tenan Holtz, and Hank Mann, 
remain. 

Milt Gross, author Of the cartoon 
story, working In the studio on the 
story, when told production waa 
stopped, decided he would go to New 
York and leave the story In the 
hands of the studio writers. 

Picture is to be done entirely In 
dialog in the new version, with 
production scheduled, to start Oct. 8. 



yearly could easily accommodate 75. 
the minority stock situation makes 
this remote. 

That; First National will Imme- 
diately .synchronize practically all 
of its pictures as .soon the deal Is 
consummated Is conceded. Thoy 

^also see the strong poH^'hility of 
tho Warners, under a new regime, 
sell i ng ^ th c i r-^val uab 1 C-- stii dio_ jsl .oil 
Sunset boulevard and' croftiriK One 
on the cheaper property next to Uu 
present First National lot. 
• It is .said that an undrT.standlii.i? 
of the F. N. d(ral is that its fran- 
chi.se holders go under a five-year 
product • contract wilh Wnriier.s, 
with some of those c(inlr.'i.ct boifl'-r.s 

, .netting flr.st call in tli"ii; li'Ult"i-.v 

'on the Warner talk-'i-.-^. 



CAREWE-DEL RIO'S RETURN 

. I.J03 Angeles. Oct, 2. 

The Edwin Carewe-Dolorcs Del 
Rio party scheduled to spend the 
rest of 19U8 in ICurope will return 
ahead, of time. 

They sail from Italy Oct 28 on 
the "Jtonia." 



Christensen Lands w/ith F. N. 

Ben Christuusen, dropped f rOm 
the I'athe lot after being hailed as 
a great iiiipfrtation, has just been 
.signed by l-'irst Natlorial. for twe 
nioi'e f''.'UiJn'.'i. 

I!iiil);uik iinds (niri.stens'm's past 



6 



VARIETY 



FOREIGN FEJVI NEWS 



Wednesday, October 3, 



Will Hays May Be Invited to 

Again Visit France on Film; 

Chance for Washington 



Paris, Oct. 2. 
American film distributing repre- 
Bentativies Irt France now realize 
that' the only way they are going 
to sedure any 6ort of terms with the 
French government regarding the 
quota and . restriction js to act in 

concert. ' 

Although Harold Smith, Hays' 
European representative, sails for 
New York today (Tuesday) for the 
avowed purpose of talcing with him 
several medical films, Variety ^is re 
liably informed that the real reason 
of the mission' is to Invite and , per- 
suade Will Hays to again come here 
to negotiate for next year's Amerr 
lean supply, of pictures to France. 

Jt is further- • reported that the 
American companies here see the 
fallacy of approaching the French 
government with their own indlvid 
' ual propositions and that they all 
must stand or fall on a unified. pro- 
gram. 

A weighty proposal that will make 
' the French sit up and take notice 
•Is necessary at this time. Either 
that or the American picture will 
be - unknown hereabouts in a few 
years. Pointed out is that for the 



Rejchenbach's, Ads 



Harry Reichenbach, most un- 
conventional .of salaried pub- 
licists, hjis found a way to use 
black ink, big type and cuts 
galore In. his advertising In the 
discriminating dailies, many of 
which ban the same thng on 
their theatricar page. Harry 
is ignoring the box office sec- 
tion and sticking his 200 lines 
on "Ijonesoine" elsewhere In 
th^ papers. 

Among the undie ads and 
hosiery sections, he has found 
just as conspicuous spots. That 
old 72-polnt type can be. used 
to handle his special job for 
Universal and he doesn't have 
to adhere to the sameness he 
linds on the page conventional 
, for these things. 



B. I. and Sovkino 



European Nobles Falling 
For Fox's See-Hear News 



European nohlUty from every 
part of the Continent is Hooding the 
Fox .Movietone News ollices with 
cables and letters requesting a try- 
out In th© talking nei!(rsroel. 

The appearance of King of Spain, 
the Prince of Wales and the forth- 
coming appearance of the Queen of 
Rumania has precipitated the rush. 

Nobility can not be. turned down 
cold, One reason Is , the gpod will 
created for the ne.wsreel 'and an 
btlier the bad Will 
ones are refused 



Ufa Reported in Bad Way for 0. S. 
Distribution of Its Forelgn-Mades 



Fihn Stocks Up 

On London Market 



London, Oct. 2. 
Situation in the stock market as 
regards pictures is Improving after 
the summer slump with most stocks 

If the Jioblcl at a premium. . 

Gaumont-Brltish Is back over 1 5 



to be conventionalities.^ Ti e vanity BO acquire 40 theatres 

appeal Is now through sight ^n^fj^^/"^^ 

'°Jack Connolly Is in charge of the I tlonal company 



Fox Movietone 
abroad. 



News brigade 



Gov Ys Suit on Coast 



I English Co. Pays $35,000 
For train Wreck 

Los Angeles, Oct. 2. 
Indicating the size of Britain's bid 
for recognition In international pic- 
ture . markets the Gainsborough 



Los Angeles. Oct. 2 „„ 

Harold Jones, special assistant to company of England spent $35,000 
Ithe Attorney General of the United to wreck a locomotive, five-car 



■ Unless Ufa can get a national 
outlet for its 26 pictures within the 
next few weeks, it stands' close to 
loping a million marks in the AmeM 
ican market this year, according to 
an authoritative source. Original 
ambitions for this and the feeling 
last winter that they would be re- 
alized caused the local ofllce . to 
shoot in an order to Berlin for the 
largest schedule ev.er shipped to 
this country. They now find thorn- 
selves over-topped with film for 
which it Is said they are losing all 
hope of completely disposing here. 

In 51 last-minute struggle, to se- 
cure this outlet Ufa has humbled 
itself to World Wi/Se, forelgTi dis- 
tributors through Educational titt- 
up. F. Wynne Jones, local repre- 
sentatlve^ whose contract In that 
capacity expires with' no Indlcatlona 
from the home . ofnce of its being 
renewed. It is reported, liaS been 
instructed to make every sacrifice 
to cut down pending losses. 

World Wide siiice it learned that 
David Brill, eastern franchise hold- 
er, was not an "employee" of . Ufa, 
has turned a deaf ear to the -peti- 
tioners despite what arc said to be 



tlie. Attorney General oi .ne unxv^u 1 - ;asse";rgcr 'lorry in "The.] almost unheard of concession* 

States arrived here for the PU*"Pose|^^^»^"^j^^^„ ^ cameras recording ] cabled from Berlin 



London, Oct. 2. iwest Coast xneatres, inu., vxui«.i.«« , ..^--,^..v _ months 



of filing charges before fcdei-al ^^s- 1 ^'^^"gj^'^gj^ numbered 21. 
trlct judge Paul J. McGromlck that Joseph Striker, American actor, 
West Coast Theatres, inc., yio^.^o^\l^^i^^-^ Z'Z.^^'Zs 



years. Pointed out is tnat lor me i crmsn "''■^'''^"^"'"^'''riZ^''^f \consxiirins with a number , ..— ^- - 
present the French plan Is to .pillow first English deal w^^^^^^ corporations tional's^; "^^^'^i,, 

only 36 per cent, ofthe American Russia., involving the sale of Jhe J - 3^ jnaependent theatre owners borough's "Wrecker, 
celluloid import for 1927 to be Ring" and two other pictures to be ^eamsi ^^P^^^^ surrounding! The latter .will be 

brought In next year without re- chosen. . . ' tprritorv 

Btrlctlons, while native officials and Proposition was. closed in Berlin P'^V^^^^/^ 
the American companies must come gcpt, 29 by Maxwell while there to 
to terms before next March. arrange the production program 

Overtures with Sudfilm, which British Inter 

1- national controls. 

Several of those working on the 1 
proposition from this end assert that 
Washingt(fn ought to make some 



Gains- 



„r.n overture .« S^—l z Big RussUn Madesj 



written pages. 




Claudel when he shortly attempts j 
a further reduction in the. French 
debt. These men declare that never 
in the history of any big industry 

have such discriminating measures 1^^---^^^^- j^^^g gjosed with an Amer- 

beeri taken. They maintain that corporation, name not dis- 

they are not asking for favors o"*^ closed, to produce on a co-opera- 

merely an even break for open com- K j^^ basis a film based on Leo Tol 

petition. In other words, " gtoy's novel, "War and . Peace. 

French public want to see American K^^j^ the cost is to be covered by 

pictures why not permit their sale. Americans. Most of the scenes 
Smith vehemently denied the as- l^.^j gjj^^ in Russia, the director, 
aertlons accredited to him In Ger- and other help to be re- *^„„*v,«.- ot tha on 

man trade paper recently wherein ^^t^^^^^ U^ifn's S^^^^^ 

he was quoted as saying that the . ^ ^^ing a scenario which Sapln s picture, "cciaent 
U, S. picture Industry Is resigned to '^^JooSref up by Lunachar- I This has given rise to m< 
the European restrictions. Picture himself, the Soviet Minister of 
men here were in an uproar over l,.^^ TEducation. 
the. story. Smith, who has just re- Dire<jtion will be entrusted to A. 
turned from Italy, explained he was ^^^^^ ^^^^^^ gp^.^ France, 
talking through an interpreter and \^^^^ Soviet Government in- 
If any such remarks were made ^^^^^ ^^^^^^ Russia. Sanln is 

they came from the linguist, ^nat _ accepted the Invl- 

Intervlew was broadcast all over the repor^ 

Continent. | Another foreign deal was closed 

by the Mejrabpom-Film people 
with the German firm, Prometheus, 
whose help and co-operation will 
be extended to the Russians in 
their work of screening Tolstoy's 
"The Living Corpse." The new film 
will be released as "The Lawful 



I Dolores Del Rio's Dutch 
Fisher Girl Film Next 

Amsterdam, Sept. 21. . 
Dolores Del Rio, American screen 
The latter win be a sound plc- | star. In an interview with Variety'^. 
- I ture without dialog. Striker reports co-respondent said her next pio- 

.Sefe'ndants named besides West British film executW^^^^ whlr^^ey ^ °' 

coast Theatres^arejaramo^t^^^^^ ^tscrTb^ ^ '^^^"0/ t^e"^ picture Is to be made In Hoi- 

mous L^Jfy Corpora 1^^^^^^ ^^^g ^^^^ ^ore nearly Ly^^^od Edwin Carewe. her dlrec- 

Goldwyn-Mayer. Exhibiting in tor, also here, gathered much pho- 

Flrst National Pi^t^re^' 1^;^; here on a brief vacation, J^Vaphio material for background 

versal ^Am S^^^S, his way back to England, L°J„/the seacoast of Holland. . 

changes, United Artists. I^^^^ Reported that she would sing 

Film Corporation and the Vita | w untitled B. I. film start- over the radio for the Berli^ Broad^: 

Ing Oct. 8. casting Company Miss Del Rio de- 

. Striker reports 14 pictures in pro- ^j^^j ^^lat she will do any etha* 
ductlon In Engls-n^ when he left L^^Qoallzlng on her European tour, 
there Sept. 8. 



One With American [eraPf^. .overs 34 type 

Moscow, Sept. 19 
Mcjrabpom-Fllm; Soviet picture 



Sapin-Pathe Peace 

Paris. Oct. 2. 
Jean Sapln and Charles Pathe 
have . healed -the breach between 
them for some time. The two men 
were together' at the opening of 
ipln's picture. "Occident." 
This has given rise to many spec- 
ulations, the most important of 
which is will they team on produc- 
tion. 



"Terror" After "Singer" 
$3,000 Daily in London 



Wampas Officers 



Los Angelesi Oct. 2. 
Sam Jacobson, Universal, and Jo^ 
„ ,seph Sherman, M.-G.-M., were 
London. Oct ^ r^jg^.^^^ pj.ggjj,pp^ a,nd vice-president 
"The Terror" will replace The | the Wampas. The organization 

Jazz Singer" Oct. 29 at the Pic- ^ ^ 

cadllly - despite the Jolson Picture 1 '^—-^^ defection to other branches 
is playing $3,000 a day. , of. the business by former press 

Pictures are to ^e changed I 
monthly at this house Irrespective pigcovery has been made that the 
of receipts until "Noah's Ark k ^^^nket insurance bought last year 
In. This feature will be permitted . wampas has several glmlcka 
to run until the expiration ot the I . k^j^bt in- 



Al Jolson^s Opinion 

On French Talkers 

Paris. Oct, 2. 

Halting his honeymoon just long 

enough to talk shop for a minute Wedlock." It will be made in Mos- 

•or tvfo Al Jolson stated that the cow and Berlin by the Soviet dl- 

worst thing that could happen to rector, Otzep, and the German di- 

talklng pictures over here would be | rector, Gildensteln 
to start them off in English, and 

cited himself as' an" example.- • I ^rtl<ftii*«"Riff Onenin<* 

Jolson, who has . completely gone .JOlSOn S Olg. VJpenm^ 

talker, doesn't see how an English- London, Oct. 2. 

speaking picture can be a hit in Warner's "Jazz Singer" opened to 

this country at present, but thinks an overflow audience at the Plcca^ 
some French company ought to dilly last Thursday (Sept. ,27) and 

make one or two dialog films iin- seems sure of a good run 



Fox-Loaned Sound Truck 
Helped U's Rush 

Unlversalltes in the home office 
are elated over their first 100 per 
cent dlaloged feature "The Melody 
of Love," which was rushed through 
in three weeks with a Movietone 
truck borrowed from Fox. Piping It 
off in one of Fox's projection rooms, 
since none of U's own Is yet wired 



Warner lease on the house. 



TELEVISION TRADE MABKS 

Washington, Oct. 2. 
British concern, Baird Television 
Development. Co., London, has Just 
secured trade marks covering the 



In it. The whole matter Is being In- 
vestigated. The expected fight over 
a rule to rigidly restrict ellglbi'llty 
of members was indefinitely table*. 



F. N. and Germany 

secured trade marks covering l..^ , Until merger clouds decide t* 
words ''Gramo^sor'' and "Phono- cluster or drift away First National 
visor" to cover apparatus for re- will lay no plans for production In 
cording and reproducing "views. Germany. With the return of Ray 
scenes or Images of television and Rockett Monday and .Representa- 



Since none oi u a uwn jr^.. . ---rpct-ps " 1 tive Winegar of tne Defu company 

they clucked over the fastness of p^^e^^P^oj^'^J^^.^ ^.^^^ j^j^^ch 15. in which Fir.-'t Nationar holds a 



jfnedlately. 



Ist Wired in Paris 



Paris, Oct. 2. 

Jack Connolly, who picks the 
spots to plant Fox's Movietone 
"mikes" over here, announces that 
both the Madeleine and Paramount 
theatres In this city are being wired 
with Western Electric Equipment. . 

These will be the. first houses to 
demonstrate sound on the Continent. 

—Magnetie^^^ire Device.. 

London, Oct. 2. 
AJiother hew sound device is to 
be marketed here, called Multitone. 
It Is to be ready in March and will 
call for an installation charge of 

but $7B0. 

Device 13 claimed to operate on 
a magnetic wire from the reel 
alongside of the film and to be in- 
terchangeable with any other sys- 
tem. 



Reception . was enthusiastic wUh 
all theatrical London: trying to ob- 
tain seats for the premier. No 
^ent in local ahow business has 
caught such Interest In some time 

Joe Shea Goes West 
Joe Shea leaves for the Fox stu 
dlos tomorrow (Thursday) to as- 
sist Bob Yost in directing public- 
ity on the Hollywood lots. 

Shea ha.s been in the Pathe road 



show department 



Yiddish Actor Arrives 

Los Angeles. Oct, 2 
Muni Wolsonfruend, Yiddish ac- 
tw—wh o^ach i c vod- a-- personal-=.tEU 
umph when appearing last , year in 
"Four Walla," his first English ap- 
pearance, has arrived in. Hollywood 
Fox will feature Woisenfrcund in 
dramatic stories. 



the move which important Foxites 
say they will never fall for again.. 

Ev*n Fox men. Universal claims, 
handed it to the Laemmle company 
for- a -unique piece of work, in view 
of the trying and somewhat strained 
conditions under which it wa-s ac- 
complished. 

Frank Wilson Teaching 
Londoners With *Simba' 

London, Oct. 2, 
Frank Wilson, who brought "Sim- 
ba" over here, has taught the Brltr 
Ish showman a new stunt. Although 
this picture received adverse criti- 
cism upon its opening, Wilson cir- 
cularized . every member of the 
learned societies, sending out 20,- 
000 letters to include every person 
who had traveled to Africa within 
the past eight years. 

As a con.scqucncc the film is still 
a mystery to the boys In doing 
nearly $18,000 weekly at the I'olace. 

Wilson is going to the Hague to 
screen his feature for the Queen of 
Holiana^Berort^^ 
month's run In that City. 



1028 with serial numbers 263.194 half Interest, the German situation 
and 263 195 granted by the Patent is In for a series of discussions. 
Office here. ^ | Rockett had been In Germany just. 

a year. 



U's Shutdown in Feb. 



LEVIGARD GOrSTG ABKOAD 

Los Angeles, Oct. 2. 

Joseph Levigard leaves Oct. 20_to.l not close its studios 

make two pictures 1" Germany for I ^^^.^ February. Then there will be 

Universal. He takes with him fu» recess for about 12 Weeks, 

scripts on the two stories, fallen claimed the company already 

Angels.", by Arthur, Somers Roche. ahead, on Its new production 

Glass, hy Max I ^^^^^^^^^ gjjp^^ ^.g^^ . including 



and "House of 
Marcln, . 
Foreign casts exclusively. 



14 with sound, complete. 



N. Y. to L A. 



Monte Carter, Super 

Los Angolos. Oct. 2. 
Monte Carter, former stage di- 
rector, signed by Universal as su- 
pervLsor on .sound production. 



Schildkraut in Title Role 

Los Angeles, Oct. 2. 
Joseph Si'liildkraut will ploy the 
Litlo role ill Univorsal's version of 
AlfriHl Newmann's novel "The 
Devil." 
Paul Jjenl will direct. 



Arthur HornbloW 
R. C. Currier 
Betty Bronson 
Al San tell 
Blair Niles 
Wm. Haines 

Paul Fejos 

Hal Mohr 

Joe Shea 

Tyler Brooke 
■.^rVilliam . i Xi9£ii^L 

Bayard Vcilcr 

Roach's Rascals 



WUCOX STUDYING SOUND 

Herbert Wilcox,, the English dl- 
1 rector who made '"Dawn," reached 
New York last week. His purpose 
in coming over Is to study the 
I sound and dialog field. 

Wilcox is going to the coast for a 
.few days, then return east. He is 
I said to have brought with him the 
prints of three English made pic- 
tures. 



L. A. to N. Y. 

E. H. Allen 
Jack White 
Edward Montagne . 
Joseph Striker 
Gilmour Brown 
Ralph Block 



'fFolle- Farine,'^ EunoP-e.__Made . _ 

Los Angolca. Oct. 2. ^ 
The continuity for Mary Philbin s 
I first, starring picture to be made In 
I Europe has been forwardod by Uni- 
versal. It Is Ouidii's novel "Ff«il<> 
1 Farinc." 

U players will go to Europe dm mg 
the fall or winter to make the pic- 
ture, but no .c^oloction yot has bo«'n 
I made. 



Wednesday, October 3, 1928 



FOREIGN FILM NEWS 



VARIETY 



VICTOR'S FILM SOUNDERS 




Intricate Processes of Pfo- 
dlucing Sound Records for 
Moving Pictures Proving 
Vastly Interesting to Vic- 
tor Company's Techni- 
cians— -Partially Explained 
Here 

LAB KEPT SECRET 



By Abel Green 



Only a- visit irito the rather jeal- 
ously guarded precincts of the Vic- 
tor Talking lyiachine Company's re- 
cording laboratories at Camden, N. 
J., can do justice to the painstaking 
detail which attends the synchron- 
ization of a motion picture. 

The film fan, when viewing a 
sound film in a theatre, will never 
realize what intricate process, la 
bbrious niceties and scientific split 
second detail the "sounding" of a 
flicker requires. . 

Per reel of souhfl synchroniza 
Hon, a human battery of 40 mu 
sicians (under the fiercely- exacting, 
precision demand of a baton-wield 
ing martinet) slaves from two to 
two' and "af half hours rehearsing, 
and then devotes a similar period 
of time to the actual musical inter 
pretatlon of the scores for the best 
synchronous mating with the film. 

Time and. again, are their wax re 
cordings of the music a.nd effects 
thrown back onto the screen in syn 
chronous accompaniment with the 
feature for which they hiavQ played 
They watch the celluloid action and 
hear themselves in the studio with 
In a few minutes after the record- 
ing. They notice many things the 
conductor himself didn't notice^ in 
the process of recording 

The -director may think the mu» 
slcal ensemble Is well-balanced but 
the canned music on the mammoth 
disks as they are amplified will dls 
close, for example, that the neces 
sary bass is lacking. The conductor 
and Victor*s own superintendent of 
tecordiriff, the veteran Raymond R. 
Sooy, turn to the bass player and 
want to know is he can "bring it up" 
more. If the musician figures that 
while he has played as forte as pos- 
sible but somehow hasn't been prop 
erly "caught," Mr. Sooy tells the 
microphone operator to "bring it up" 
at that p«int, 
This electrical stunt Is readily 
b^possible since each of the three 
f "mikes" which record the music or 
1 whatever sound there is, is Individ 
ually controlled and manned by Its 
own operator.^ can. be re- 

duced or amplified for correspond- 
ing diiplnishmcnt or amplification 
of sound, 

Church for Setting 
"The church," In Victor argot at 
Camden, refers to the Trinity Bapi- 
Ust Church, founded In 1872, pur- 
chased recently by Victor as a re- 
cording laboratory. The church 
1 edifice f oi-ms . a curious ecclesiastic 
shell for an ultra-modern, elec 
trlcal scientific laboratory and 
miniature theatre, with Its projec- 
tion booths which are situated, one 
each, In the basement formerly oc 
cupled by the Sunday school pupils 
jnd the other on the . main audi 
torlqm floor proper. 

Originally, Victor's concern Jn the 
Church started with the organ mu- 
Jlc recordings on the Baptist 
Church's fine organ until Sooy, for 
25 years with Victor, and his late 

aelm of recording supervision, dis 
covered tlie particularly fine ac 
coustical qualities of the church 
Ain.s prompted its purchase. 
I This church iji a 15-hour 
«ttronouH roccrdlnir 



factory. 



syn- 
Al- 



Jfiou«h \v;iy bchiiul in recording as- 
'ignnienl.s ))y . Paramount. M-Cl-M, 
Jnitod Artist., ami First National, 
^iflor \ui< eliminated the 24-hour 



Fox Bottles Publicity 



Talent signing Fox talking 
contracts cannot have personal 
press agents. This stipulation 
Is made,^ it is gathered from 
one who has noted such a 
clause, so that' the utmost, 
secrecy in Fox moves can be 
obtained. 



day grind as an artistic move tb 
maintain qualUy. There is general 
rebellion at the rush schedule arid 
Victor will not "sound*' a film Jess 
than a week per feature; Its ex- 
perts and field scouts study the 
contemporary talkers, hot recorded 
by theni, arid report how deficient 
are some of the rushed two and 
three- day recording Jobs. 

Rich Grinds Out 

Musical contractors are eliminat- 
ing those 15-hour grind musicians, 
which brought some of the boys' 
weekly grosses up to $600 and $700 
a week. Nathaniel Flnston, Publix'- 
Pai'amount's general musical direc- 
tor, found It did not maintain qual- 
ity to have a musician do all the. 
overtime and so two completely 
new shifts of orchestras are em- 
ployed instead^ with, an hour or two 
abovo the union six-hour maximum 
okayed to finish up a task, but hot 
beyond that. 

The. church laboratory is musical 
bedlam until midnight every day 
and Sundays, with a few hours out 
from midnight until shortly after 
dawn. As it Is, the musicians a.re 
cleaning up on their $200 a week 
minimum for six hours' daily with 
three and a half hours on Satur 
days, plus fancy scales' for over 
time and Sunday Work/ 

Many 'of the crack instrumental- 
ists w^ere encountered in the Vic 
tor's Camden church laboratory, ex 
pressing their preference to stage 
or nite club work and even to phon 
ograph recordings at $25 a date. 
But there is more gravy in the syn 
chronous racket. 

The process of recording starts 
first with what might be charac 
terized as the brains of the .syn- 
chronization. He is the man or 
men who originally score the fea 
ture. Whether they are compiled 
or original musical themes, a cue- 
sheet and carefully prepared; score 
of so many bars to fit so many feet 
of each celluloid scene are pre- 
pared. 

Then the action shifts to Camden 
Either Finston himself or his dep- 
uty. Max Terr, another crack mu 
sician, supervises the Job, but usu- 
ally somebody else conducts. Irvin 
Talbot, Publix maestro, well known 
at the .Rialto, Rivoli and Paramount 
theatres, had the task in hand on 
this occasion. 

The conductor and his orchestra 
have the actual burden, of 'inter 
preting the score. They may dis 
coyer that a bar or a half a bar of 
extra music in certain spots throws 
the entire sequence out of kelter. 
They must them.selves edit and de 
let.e or. embellish to effect perfect 
synchronization. 

. For Songs 

For the song interpolations and 
their own musical acconipaniment 
to a vocal solo or ensemble they 
niust guide themselves accurately; 
There are two other microphones 
at a far corner of the laboratory to 
pick up the voices. These supple- 
jnent the three "mikes'.' for the mu 
slcal cound. 

Then again the dialog, sequences. 
Probably made on the coast. They 
must be amplified from off thc.rec 
ord or film and re-recorded into 
the large disks along with the or 
chestral synchronization. This Is 
but one of the headaches of syn- 
chronization. 

Like as not, also, the dialog or 
sound elfedts were canned in Holly 
wood, on the Movietone or film 
process. In which case it Is Sooy's 
task^to' -snpervlffc^th eirTCDTOtltnalofi 
from off the film onto a disk record 
This re-recording Is again re- 
rec\)rdcd Into the musical synchron 
izatlon and uninterrupted sound se 
quence made by Victor. 

A film must be carefully devel- 
oped and then projected. It takes 
time and is co.stly. 

Several recordings may be made 
on iilm and th<>n found the first 



one was excellent. It Is an expen- 
sive waste of costly skilled labor, 
including musicians, electricians 
and technicians. 

If one trusts to the Judgment of 
the supervising comniittee that 
.some particular "riiaster" sounded 
all right in the process of record- 
ing, that too Is a risky gamble. The. 
ariiplifi.cation in a. large! auditorium 
may later disclose things tljat the 
liumah ear could not readily catch, 
no matter how ti-alned it may be. 

It means either a box office haz- 
ard to release a dubious product or 
an even, more expensive remobillza- 
tion of all concerned In the record- 
ing. ■ ,. 

infancy 

It is Victor's belief that film . re- 
cording Is in its. infancy : that much 
that Is new. and novel will come 
from recording on film . such as 
Fox's Movietone. Otherwise, all the 
other licensees of the Electrical Re- 
search Products are using the disk 
process, including Warner Brothers* 
Vitaphone which, like Fox, does its 
own laboratory recording. 

All the others employ Victor 
sounding for musical synchronlza- 
tibn in the ' east. The essential 
sound ieffects, dialog, etc., as canned 
on the scene of a.ctlon In Hollywood 
or whei'ever the studios may be, 
are but makeshifts for interpolat- 
ing into . the Victor's synchronized 
records, 

The^problems that present them- 
selves daily in the synchronization 
make this new adjunct of the 
Victor Talking Machine Co.'s vaist 
enterprises Its ^ most fascinating 
branch. The skilled and hardy tech- 
nicians who have battled with and 
conquered almost , every heretofore 
known problem of catching the hu- 
man voice or musical sound on a 
wax "master" ifirid themselves 
thrilled anew with these fresher 
wrinkleis. 

No longer Is the recording of ex- 
tremely hifeh or low registers! 'a 
troublesome matter; no longer can 
a drum or bass tuba or an extreme 
percussion Instrument escape faith- 
ful ; reproduction in a record, but 
with this task of marathon, record- 
ings for an uninterrupted sequence 
of synchronization^ there is much 
to test the ingenuity of the tech- 
nicians. 

.Beery's So no 

'Wallace Beery's song in "Beggars 
of Life," at the Paramount last 
week, was naturally film recorded 
on the west coast. Victor had to 
coincide it with the action of an 
approaching hobo and' build up the. 
volume to conform with Beery's ap- 
proach toward the cainera, a 
wrinkle that will surprise Beery 
hlm.self when he views the film. 

In the forthcoming "Varsity" 
(Paramount— Charles Rogers), as 
yet unreleased, and only recently 
sounded, there was the problem of 
the dying man who emitted horrible 
grunts between the Jerkily spoken 
dialog. The talker was all right 
but the grunts, as amplified from 
the disc re-recording of the original 
film record, were almost ludicrous 
in their terribly exaggerated his- 
trionics.^ It _wa3 patently a case of 
poor recording or the huriian ear's 
inability to catch the ludlcrousness 
of such sound effects, else the di- 
rector and the sound recorder on 
the coast would have ordered it 
out. 

Back east, . in amplification, it 
showed lip so impossibly: that it 
cither meant a new recording in 
Hollywood since, because of the 
same character's other spoken dia- 
log preceding, it was not feasible to 
fake it through a ghost voice, or 
the elimination somehow of those 
grunts. 

Losing Groans 

Sooy did It. How, Is a trade secret, 
but all he recorded was the dying 
man's voice and those groans were 
somehow lost as the film sound 
waves wer re-recorded on the disc 
recorded. It could be, as one de- 
duction suggests itself, that the 
sound waves denoting the grunts 
^re"7nit"'6ut" of "thyfiTmri^^ 
ever It was?, or how dlfilcult or ea.sy 
this particular barrier may have 
been, this is but one of the daily 
problems that have the church 
laboratory staff constantly on the 
qui Vive. 

The actual recording room with 
its machines In the basement of the 
Trinity Baptist Cliurch Is jealou.sly 
icii;>ri](;d. Xobody is admitted. A 



Schlessingers Reopen Phonofilm 
Studios in N. Y.-Features and Shorts 



Dialog Talkers on 

Coast Multiplying 

Los Angeles, Oct. 2. 

Although Fox has released its 
first partial dialog picture, "Mother 
Knows Rest," and Universal has an 
all-talker, "The Melody oi . Love," . 
also released. Paramount now has 
four pictures with voice and sound 
ready for the theatres. 

■These are "Interference," all- 
talker, Just cpmplcted by. Roy 
Pomeroy; "Varsity," with several 
dialog sequences; "Abie's Irish 
Rose," with songs by Nancy Carroll 
and two speeches by Jean Hersholt 
and "Beggars of Life," In which 
Wallace Beery .. sings a couple of 
■songs. 

Paraimount is going steadily 
ahead with its all-talker pro- 
gram. The .next Avill be one, as 
yet untitled, to be directed by Wil- 
liam DeMlile, which will go into 
production alriiost Immediately. 
That will be followed by "Drums of 
Oude," which Pomeroy will direct. 
No silent version oif this picture 
will be made, it is said. 

A feature of the sound version 
of "Abie's Irish Rose'? is that. Hef- 
sholt's two speeches are both pray- 
ers, recited In the Hebrew language, 
which Hersholt had to learn by 
rote, as he is a' Dane. 



T;ilUlng plc'.uvp producing has re- 
commenced at the DeForest Phono- 
film studios on East 48th street. 
New York. It is by order of I. W. 
and M. A. Schlesslnger who lately 
took over the combined companies 
Dr. Lee DeForest was interested in* 
retaining Dr.. DeForest In a.general 
capacity. Groorge Mobser Is report- 
ed added to the staff of the Schles- 
singers over here. 

Full length features and talking, 
shorts are being turned out at the 
studios. It Is said. There Is no in- 
formation directly available. 

The Schlessingers are also Inter- 
ested In the talker adjunct of the 
British International Pictures of 
Great Britain. It is understood a 
plan will be. worked out for an in- 
terexchange of talkers, particularly 
iJhorts between the two compariles 
for distribution on both sides of the 
ocean; British International has 
completed some shorts abroad, 
using a few English stage names 
amongst them. 



Casting by Fitness 

Los Angeles, Oct. 2. 

Luther Reed, new" Fox supervisor. 
Is now casting "Calamity" which 
goes . into production Oct. 15 with 
Fred NeWmeyer directing. . 

Reed is selecting his players on 
the. theory that reputations are less 
important than fitness .for. the part 

Story Is an original by Clarkson 
Miller- 



special guard keeps outsiders away. 

The microphones on. the floor or 
floors above them tran.qtnlt what Is 
to be recorded. A system of red, 
green and yellow signal lights cau 
tion the recorders, the projection 
booth and the conductor on every 
thing. . 

Victor is building a special Holly 
wood plant, for sound synchroniza- 
tion exclusively. Until that is corn 
pleted — It Is now In process of con 
stinictlon— <3amden Is the synchron- 
ous headquarters. Victor's west 
coast recording laboratories at Oak 
land are not equipped for this sort 
of work, nor Is the essential per 
sonnel situated in California. 

Pre-Views 

Watching sound' pre-vlews puts a 
squawking reviewer of the Afriefl 
can Roof to shame. Not once but 
four or five times, and sometimes 
more, is the same reel, run off of 
a feature with as many different 
synchronous accompaniments. A 
committee cheeks each reel. Jesse 
T. Bastian of. the Artist and Repor 
toire departriient is particularly re- 
sponsible on the.se checks. He sees 
a reel of a picture over and over 
again and must each time inter 
pret the same dreary action in lt& 
relationship with the fitness of the 
synchronized accompaniment. Not 
until one reel Is cliecked in is an- 
other reviewed; It's the same score 
but some one effect or the other, 
.some wrinkle of the. radio loud 
.speaker or other by-play show up 
better than the other. (This refers 
to F.N.'s "Show Girl" which was 
pre-viewed), although all sounded 
only the first two reels' recording 
had CO nie^ th r ough Each re cLhad. 



Ash Opening New 

Paramount, Brooklsrn 

The new Paramount, 4,500 seater 
:ln Brooklyn, N. Ti, ppens offlclally 
Nov. 24 with Paul Ash and a char- 
acteristic Ash policy, of entertain- 
ment more on . the order of his 
Oriental, Chicago. 

It will be known strictly . as an 
Ash house, with re^lar units com- 
ing in from New Haven and Bos- 
ton to the Paramount, New York, 
whence they go to Brooklyn and 
then oh to Washington, Baltimore, 
etc. as usual. 

For the Brooklyn week extra at- 
tractions will bo dovetailed Into' the 
show during . the preceding week's 
engagement at the Manhattan Par- 
amount and then dropped after 
Brooklyn. 

The idea Is for Ash to put th» 
house over in oppoBitlon to the new 
Fox already open, and the neighbor- 
ing Mark Strand, Albee and 'Loew'a 
Metropolitan, in addition to the 
lesser neighborhooders. 

Henry B, Murtagh, now In Buf- 
falo, will be organ soloistl 



OTTEESON'S SPEECH 

J. E. Otterson, president of Elec- 
trical Research Products, In charge 
of . commercializing soiind equip- 
ment for Western Electric, was the 
speaker at the September meeting 
of the N<iw York Electrical League 
at the Astor Hotel last Wednesday. 

Otterson reviewed the progress of 
talkers, making no forecasts or pre- 
dictions as to the futuria. He at- 
tributed .the widespread- a.cceptance 
of talkers in the picture. Industry to 
the success of "The. Jazz Singer." 



mSS SBESSEB IN ITALY 

Los Angeles, Oct. 2. 

LouisQ Dresser's, first starririgt 
picture under her contract with 
Fox will be made In Italy under di- 
rection of John O, Blystone. 

The latter will leave with his 
staff. Miss Dresser and .other play- 
ers yet to be selected, Nov. 16, lor 
Rome, Naples and Venice. 

Marlon Orth Is writing the story. 



Kfiveral recorded synchronization 
with it and Messrs, Bastian, Sooy, 
ot al. wore weighing the merits of 
each synchronization and selecting 
the one which First National would 
release. 

It has been roughly computed l.iO- 
fore that the average cost to syii- 
ohronize a feature totalH $i.'..imi(i 
to $2r.,000. For .sliurls arovind ?T,- 



PATHE'S TAIKEE STAFF 

Los Angeles, Oct. 2. 
BenJaman Glazer Is gradually 
completing the organization of 
Pathe's sound staff. Latest to be 
added are; William Jutte as a 
dialog writer, (M aude ricrke lcy,„ 
'filhT"fWfftrr^ii"if3r"Jblm RT)hrfs, pVo- 
(UH-lidn manager. 



H. D. Wilson With U. A. 

Los Ani;(>lc.s, Oct, 'i. 
n irry D. ^V'il.«f>n, puMiclty man, 
I'f (.iji ru-'i from /'iJjrdUd f'tllowinu: scv- 
I'l-niift; (if rM-ili'in.s willi J'idwin 

11'- -.'. ill /.-il,.!- ell iiMi' (if (-urt.-Jt pnb- 
-i' ■• • •! I 'r,;i" a Arti.-'ts. 



VARIETY 



PICTURE GROSES 



Wednesday, October 3. 1988 



Heimepin, Minn. Jfli IsiM-G-M Film 
And Vaude Jumps Gross 33% to $15,000 



iBalto. Mgrs -Merchants 
Fight Reassessments 

Baltimore, Oct. 2. 

I DONvntown first runs are now con- 
. Urned oyer a threatened increase 

^1- L « +Virnii"-h reassessment. 

"?i;ra.lioshowdr.vvlO.()0()ni^tl^ dls- 
ami J5,u.o lor Sousa's ^^"^.^^^^^ iirtriT^^^^^^ those concerned. Managers 
\" fn'^ihT Twin aifeT mid- r;;e' jo^^^^^^^ merchants in a 

^iorl tS, pSld 30.000 people Association prote^tln^O^e 

With its first all-talkine "Ter^ol^ _ increase. Dr. J. H. White _ 



Minneapolis, Oct. 2 
(Drawing Population, 475,000) 
Weather: Favorable 

Dcspile stiff opposition from the 
xadio show and politics, ^Ocal^l^ow- 
hou.so«, fortined. by strong alt.ac 
tions, macK^ crodit^hle shoAvrngs last 
■week. 




2 Silent Underworlds Not Big 



Sel-Backs and Surprises 
In Wash Last Week 



?Se^.m; h S^^lth a rush Wed 
;;Sy and the finish was strong^ 
The local sensation Was tlie 
Hpnnepin-Orpheum^P .^y^^^^^ 
itial M-G-M Plptur^, I^xo^^^^^^ 



theatre is 60 per cent. 

The talkers are rapidly spreadmg 
to the second and later run houses 
here. Associated Theatres, .owner 



a.cnu<JiJiii'?^'i "~---- • .,T>vrf>ss Bap- here, associulcu • 

itial M-G-M P^ctu^, I^xcebs {^^^^^ important neighborhodo 

jumped its avcrase^gross 33% pel .^^ "^^"'^ser. that t u. 

the credit. „ . ^ v.i Terfor^' in second week, contmued 

Failure of "Four S6ns to do bet- Terror ^^'l^''"^'- 

^^^cSS^%:^^^^ ^Kh dancing 

li^arS^* H^fe^Sr^ the outlook wasn't so 

other war picture, continued in sec. continued runnmg in 

ond week 'to 3am them in at the Uosy Cent ^y^ "'^^r^^fth^'^.^lwo 
Strand and again holds over. |t^„iey was only fair w th ^, Two 

iving business section houses to wu e ..^^.e Camera-man Weatht r gen 
'and^lik.wise i3, the _elty^ first a^- - - 



Following None, Leading ^ All 

A slogan particularly aPg^aW| 
to Meyer Davis' SWANL^E—one 
Most Beautiful Ballroom in Amer- 

A sunken dance floor— atmosphere 
of throknge grove-subtle lighting 
that enhances womanly charm and 
beauty— in a word Swanee has IT. 

WASHINGTONIANS are justly 
pr?[id of this M15YER DAVIS 
creation. 



"Lovers," $20,000, Best 
In Denver's De Luxe 



"The '-ameiiMii""- , — i.^rn 
amr likewise is the city's nvst ^^ally favorable below season tern 
?nosphenc showhouse It is wi lim L^.^t^re prevailing, 
^block of the ^}-^^^^ E.,:„,tes for 



has been charged uptown. Openrng L^^gg^s^^^^^^ '^'^^yi "f-rtremen- 



best-payihg 
T<Iight pi-io.eK 



Estimates for Last Week 
CeMur^JLoew) -^-^S3 Bag- 



nils neen cuuib^" ^j,.-..--- - 
attraction was •'Glorious Betsy.' 

Estimates for Last Week 
: Minnesota (F&K-Publix) (4.200; 
75 "riie Terror" (Warner, wu-ed) 
Itid Fublix stage show ,unit "Sunny 



openinr"l^lamed. Nights tremen^^ 
dous. stage show, High Hat, wt,ii. 
liked Big week at near $'-25,000. 
''^St'anley^Loew., Stanlfey-Cram^^^^^ 

—"TWO liOvers" (3.600, 
(wir^d). Very fair. Names respon 




faction. "Around $32,000. . Best week 
in some ume. 

State (F&R-Publix) (2,500; 60) 
♦'Four Sons' (Fox) and 
orchestral presentation. 



(Whitehurst) ^^(w'o7.^B^o7 
"Pl'istered in Paris" (1,800; 
one-week stop-gap J^etweenlong- 
Ingram run talkers. Only fair and not one 
Picture to buck stiff opposition. $8,000 



SS^'^^xcJpUonaliy • but failed to I ^^Valenda (Loow-Uj A;)-^Cam.r 

anvwhcre near ^Hawing man (^;:^;f"^v,.;^i>nt, but doesn't 
sti^Migth expected and ^owed out cided j,>j^I""p^Se extremely well 

and puhlloiti clcpartment for ^Ger- 61^^^^^^^ (Loew-U. A.)-*'Dancing 
man trade. Ministers and priests i-art^^^^ (wired) (1.000; 15-35). 
were induced to urge Pationago D<m»^U^^^^^ 

from pulpits, talks were made in its If'f wecK started big and 

behalf before German societies and uptown than ^ ^Vhou'^e 
German mailing list and ""vspapor enaea ^^-^^^^^ ^g oOO, big for house 

■Sint^rS^a{?^nsS?a^^^-i^^ <«chanberge^)-3ichl- 

^^^;;Sel^^°^pHeum (Keith's) ( V - ^;^^-e^t^^;^ - 
890- 40-60) "Kxcess Baggage" (M- ^pi,'^. Picture apparently well re 

G-M) and vaude. Pncea boosted l^j^.^d. About $12^00. , 

10c lower floor week nights, out | M„+,.«r,nlltan (Bqu 



Denver, Oct. 2 
(Drawing Pop., 40Q,0<)0) 
Weather: Cool and Fair 

Show business here went to two 
theatres last week, Aladdin (inde) 
•Cr the all-talking •'Terror,'' second 
W'eek, and Denver (Publix), where 
"Lilac Time." with sound packed 
■em in "Light of New York (2d 
ru^) with sound, also got a play at 
the America, but the remaining 
houses didn't have much trade. 

Colorado (inde) passed from the 
ownership of Ed A., Bishop, one- 
Ume'mnuonalre now >^> oke into the 
hands of the lessor,. Horace 
Bennett. Doors weren t closed 
deS-pite paltry business .Kings 
(2d run at pop- prices) opened 
fairly strong at the State. 

Estimates for Last Week 
Aladdin (inde) (1,500: aj-SO-JS) 
"The Terror" (Warner) first week 
around $10,000; second week every 
apiSance of duplicating. Crowds 
lined up for half block nearly every 

A^merlca. (Inde) (1,500; 20-35-50). 
"ThT Midnight Taxi" (Warner) du 
well at $4,800, getting best pa it of 
Curtis street showgoers. House has 

"The Head Mart" (F. N.) didn t 
mean a thing to most, with no name 
Except Charlie Murray. Hollywood 
T>'ihv Stars on stage, m. c. d b> 
Davl Good, only interesting feature 

^^Denham (stock) (1.732; 60-$l- 
$1 50) Romance," starring Alice 
Brady, pulled this house several 



Washington, Oct. 2. 
(Drawing Pop., 450,000) 
Weather: Right 

Some upsets last^wcek. 

"The: water Hole" beat. the previ 
ous week at Locw's ralaoe. . 

"Four Sons" started big^at the 
Fox and then the town got the 

^nJiiW^cflSiff'^Sab^^cUe 
at U?e Svrle after the new^ high 
«,r,iroc. rung up during the two 

ana''th\ equipment wasn't 

„„? wik with ••Man-M^.d. Wome>. 
billQa above six acta. 

Estimates »or Last Week 

$16,000, ended under $10.0^^^^ 



J^s Angele.s, OcA. 2. 
(Drawing Pop., 1,450,000) 
Weather: Fair 

-That bogey man, the clrous, ia 
town last half of week. It was 
Solls-Floto's outfit, and here for 
five day.M; What it did to matinee 
trade in the . picture houses ^vas no 
secret. Night trade fair, but noth- 
lAg to hrag about with (he excep- 
tion of the Warner house ih ^'v^' 
wood, where "State Street Sadie,' 
talker, came in for a two-woek so- 
journ. This, like all talkers he.r(% 
got olt to a whang of a ^'tart and 
turned- them, away every night, 
over $30,000 (irst stanza. , 
Seems Avhen it comes ^ to the 
silent stuff that the underworld 
pictures are pas cn^^^'f./^"' 
locals. With Metropolitan and . 
State each having one. neithei got 
out of the attraction what they 

o1.ay-V the Show ^V.^.,*-- 



Who Laughs ,(U) 



wf^^'^V^aSw-^ S -ith' ^ound bouse om>^^|— ^^^Vo days 
^^i'^. H^ fS^f Including ihidnight ?C/70^^^^^^ Sexes" 



wlr?d 3,«2; 35-5i;-75-). . . Another ■ — ^-pWessed. 



■O wecrva. ^ . ^ 



(1518; 35-50).. . Repeat week; 



week. "Excess 
was no panic at tiie 

iS^^S;r^^.%^l?^o^2 

^"^iliesf'GiJ^'^^n next to fin^ 
w.cS'^ai^he %tmore dropp^ about 
$2,000 below the fifth wee ic 

Estimates for .Last Week 
Biltmore (Erlangcr). "Godless 



"^°""'?SneTto Ke this to git Oct. .6 forJSimba.';,^_ ^ 

Core. 



"SiDging Foal" lay Stay 
4 Weeks in Syracuse 



jt Oct. b ior_^-"-- . ^j^p. 

Hfd?'"'?pS "Su^ con- 
sidering Conditions 'locally, okay at 

$6,000. . :. ^. . , C.-Miller), 



Short first week none^too a^JI^^f^^!! 
at $15,000. Less than Liiac J im 
on initial week. ..^yjngs"" wired 

. . cents, ,o.,e,n„ ^^^^V^^^'^^ 
on Saturday and Sunday at Schine^s oqq, great. 
E^-ircl here, breaking all records for Egyptian 
k'5r-_,.^r'«„n,ifLv nicht it was nec- T,„„„ace" 



Syracuse, N. Y- Oct. 2.^ 
Ai Tolsoh's "The Singing Fool 
•at^Js'cS rolled ^P^ over $^0 



C.-U. A.), "Kxcf ■ 



hundred dollars over expenses, or ] { here,. breaking au recorua . Egyptian I vv. «-^-v 25.75). 
$7,500 Getting beavy society, play. ^^J^^^JJe, Sunday night it was nec- p^ggage" (M.-G.) f'^^^\^Jl^ 'the 
' Denver (Publix) ^2.450; 30-60) J the ho p^uce and fire- ,^1,^3 Haines not too^fortehei .^^^^ 

"Two Lovers" (U. A.) and stage J handle the mob. Betting p g-^^j stage 

s^pi^^led in boys and f irls^ast J m^^^^^ the picture will go at least L^^^^ t^.^ard $8,500 
This establishment at least has ntie " „ Qrauman's Ch 

Su'enl talking-getting botl^ abu^^^ irteek. with "The Toilers." "White Shadows 



linese 



(U. A.). 



Metropolitan (Equity .Corp.)— 
"The Te?ror" (2d week) (wired) a- 
400; 25-50). Continued big. One 
wecli to go. 



remain 75c Sundays. Four shows, 
Instead of three, new Sunday sched- 
ule. Great show for the price, 
vaudeville excellent and Picture 

pleading. Wm^^feu^^^^ . x <lf>IK KnO 

house always weak, but with M-G- hy*^f BoStOIl, at $45,5UU 
M pictures' advent screen portion inci., xjupw , ^ . ^ 
of entertainment is being, billed and DoUblCS NcaTCSt IxXOSS 

advertised by Frank N. Pliclps dis- I UUUUi^^ 

trlct, man.'iger, over vaude and ex- 
))loited on <>ircus scale. Sund.ay 
trade very big and lower floor holrt- 
oirta every .night..- Snappy,- fast-' 
moving vaude de.«prves split, credit 
with picture for one of biggest 
draws since Minnesota openmg and 
33 Va per cent jump in takings. 

^^Ln^'cF^n-Publix) (1,500; en) 
••Wings" (Pnr) ^ ^ v 



citizens laiKiiiB — t,'^--"-' , . „ ;„nn<;^ 
and praise, but regularly cUckmg. 
$20,000 if a dime. So will J-^nac 
Time," now current. . 

Empress and Broadway both 
dark. Bert Levey vaude starts at 
Empress Oct. 6, four shows dailj 

^'o'rp"heum (vaude) (1.600; 15-50- 
75) Good bill. "Ci-aig's Wife 
(Pathe) on screen; good comment. 

''^i^ito (Publix) (1.0^: ^2^-^: 
T'Pefr ect crime" - (F. B. O.) m 



"7 \ with "The Toilers." 1 "White Shadows" (M.-G.y wired 

$9,000 qtt the Eckel. veith's off and nights fair; $16,500. • 

All de luxe houses, Pi^s ■ 1 oew's State (W. 9; s 7.?942 ' 

vaudfilm. reported excellent ^ bus - ,.^o«- City Blccps''^(M.-G.) (^^42. 

ness over the week end. ^.^^fj^ 25-$l). For Chaney. not -so ,P g^o. 
Street Sadie." bowing n at the I ^^^^ M., stage show «air. $-J^ 
Strand, had them standing up Doui ^j;,etropolitan wired ' 

day.s. "Lilac Time." which it re ..j^ ^ (,f New York (*^an Wugrg 
'p&, did $8,000. -P-^ .(?595:. 25-75^^ This von Sternberg 

Xoew!s.mat^,Pl^^JSS, 



Boston, Oct. 2 
Weather, Cold and Rain 

ricture business, last week strong 
with weather conditions ideal. 
Metropolitan ahead of all the 

niblix) (1,500; 

Second -wcok with i^y ^cajnp^ .tn u^^ ^ s<^ 



id, Um ?i0.uuv;, oi;^^ (3,595: <:.->-(a;- as 

ew's state, playing "Tbe Cam- ^t^^^ed great^ 

a^^;A^d-t^kies:he^;» 

^J^^^^^^-r^^ «furS^S;.t « ) -Battle 0* 



..^^^;;s" (Por). ^ccond^wcok with Uyx^^ the liouse 

Httle H'tdown in ruslung^,./. ^Jlo^^ V^itjgcr : money^niaking clas. 



"jviQaei riuiii ■'"""7",":,-. 
around $8 00 for last half. 

$28,000 for"Wings" 
Hip, Buffalo, Record 



over 



"Red 



for thh-d week. 
l,v Mtnrm; $14,000. 

■pantaqes (1.600: ■ . 

Lips" (V) and v.niule. Show P^(^•»s<;: 
•lnl1 po.«sp.ssod little h. o. viiliio; $(■,.• 
000 good enough under circum- 

^TvHc' (F^'R-Pubiix^ n. 300; nr.-. 

..?S!v'' Grain of Dust" CTirr.nv^ 
«'rinRt".-abiiA:fi . fivernnre and PSJl \ 



over recent wcek.s. 



COSTUME S 

hire: 



PRODTTCTIONS^ 
EXPLOITATIONS 
PK^ENTATIONS 




US^^-fS^^^SdJ^Uh^bw. 
l.'o "the week the bouse Ri-^ossed $4^.^^ 
&00, with "i'^-P^ars of L re f^.au^^^ 
piciuie, supported by a fauly hti o^t- 

""'f; la\he State, the other la;;ge 
hou.se here, things w^l^c being . P^^ 

innc, "Our Dancing T^^^f'^JjT^^ 
With the picture for lai.t weeK. 
lii s cr Ke; It.n in "The Camera- 
mnn" (M(iM.), the house grossed 
shghtly undi-r $21,000. • 

Estimate for Last Week 

! Metropolitan (4,000; 60-75) - 

I ■ i', .'cars of .I'ifo." $l.>.r.OO. 

srate (4.000; 50-6r,)-"The . Cam- 

' .a-mvui"' with Anatole 

$17,000. 



Buffalo, Oct. 2 
(Drawing Pop., 500,000) 
Weather: Cold 

Tiptop last week. «hfa'.s Hip 
broke its 15 -year mark. All do^^n 
Swn houses are now wired. 
Estimates for Last Week 

Buffalo (Publix) .(3.6^00; 35-^^^ 

^^SurSrl ° Boi^omee ^i;^,wed 

.show for draw. ?30,-1W). 

Hipp (Tubllx) (2.400. 60) 



XtTea^iraespKo -ve notices 

arawlng EJa^njr o..t.«<le the usual 

fan ranks. . 

{,.^^ iinnkt! of about the same 
fthri^ctnre, retailed for $1, and 
the iue for the week was over 

'•'Keith's did m the .neighborhood 
S14 000 for the week. I'oi tnt 

Martv Duproe'H Musical follies. 
malSg its first \"cal appearance 
in the big house; it had twice dc 
Ki-fplayed %Z 7nTt 



okay"ar$Y8:000. That Griffith nam* 
Rtill means lot^VV °''State Street ! 

stand them out. too, at nigm. 
week around $30,300. 



a^hot«»^ 

Lafavette (Indep.) (.io-rtii^ wheels, one reviewer remarKcn 

"Happines" Ahead" (FN), ^aude the whe^^^^ condoned In vaoide- 
BuK off ""ten !\;^S?e%^7o'f vine' m^^^^ the ..hade of B, F. Keith 
signs of a comebaxik before ena u | variety." 
1 week, $12,000. 



Mayor Behind Ash Parade 

Chicago, Oct, 2. 

With a personal letter ^^-^^ ^i^, 
or Thompson asking J^; ° 'jal 
street merchants to co-o o.ate 
exploiting the return of l>ul 
tn the Oriental, Bill 1 me , . 
S^^publicit^^olll^inr^^: 
to cover the entire rialto ^% 'th 0* , 

ner and flag displays. ,,,,,oglz«l 
In his letter tbe mayor . ulog^^^^ 
Ash to the limit and asked the m 
chants to come tbrough ^^^t ev^^^^^^ 
thing. A parade of- autom. « 
corted by motorcycle cop.s d. Uve 
Ash to the Oriental th-atrc 11;% 
iay although Ash did not -.p-'. 
Saturday. 



Wednesday, October 3, 1928 



PICTURE GROSSES 



VARIETY 



9 



Jolson $3 Film, $42,900, 1st Wk; 
Roxy Off to 

"Beggars'' Puts Par Over 





Willi practically a throe-day week 
end as a start, due to the Jewish 
holiday Sept. 24, Broadway picture 
houises held steadily, showing no 
decided dips or scaling of the 
Jieightig. . , emphasized Its 

presence by contiilued cool weather 
and interest seemed to revolve 
around three points. 

Those spots included the Winter 
Garden where Al Jolsua's latest 
went to $42,900. on its initial full 
week plus its first Monday's extra 
show and at a $1, $2 and . $3 scale. 
Paramount twinkled in staying 
above JoO.OOO two weeks running, 
"Begh'ara of Life" this' time; "Phis- 
tered in Paris" chO])ped the Koxy to 
five fi^iiiros, ?04,500, for the first time- 
In 1 1 woi'ks. • 

''OtlicM"vviKe thoi street was normal 
despite that there is another abun- 
dance of holdover pictures tliis 
week. . 

The Capitol's $69,050 for "Excess 
Bagsasfc" is somewhat short of a 
cordial invitation for a second week, 
yet JVl-G-RI -has started booking 
features into this house foj- fort- 
night runs. "Our Dancing Duujfh- 
ters," due Saturday, Is ahOtlior of 
this group. "Liion and tho Mciuso" 
Is retained by the Strand alter a 
satisfactory but not particularly 
heavy $38,400. That figure takes on 
some Imr)ortance in lieu of the pic- 
ture having played up the Street 
at Warner.s for $L'. 

"Two Lovers" didn't stort out any 
too smartly at the Rivo.ll but wound 
up with $32,500, which \s good. 
Jannlnga' "Patriot" took Its first 
real slide on Its sixth week to S25,- 
400, descent of $6,200. Both tho.si' 
pictures will depart Oct. 11 t-) make 
room for "The BattLi of the Sexe.s" 
at the HInlto, and "Wedding March"' 
at the RIvolI for Columbu^s Day 
opening.*? Oct. 12.. 

.Colony on Grind 

Unlvf-rsal's Colony is back in the 
erind running and pushed off Sun- 
day with the sounded "Lonesome" 
and Ren Bernle's band on the stage. 
Picture is penciled in for four weeks 
and enjojed a strong take off. The 
Cameo Is holding "Q Shipa" a third 
week and possibly a fourth, al- 
though a drop of $1,300 was marked 
here at just short of $6,^00. 

"Siilimarine" Is going along 
smoothly but thinned at $7,900. This 
one is supposed to stick until the 
end of. the month at which time 
"The Bellamy Trial" w.ljl probably 
arrive. Pox is in its last week of 
the Globe tenancy and "Mother 
Knows Best" terminates this week 
after $9,600 in Its second week. "Air 
Circus" is also due to blow the 
Gaiety with "Four Devils" arriving 
Wednesday. 

"Wings" stays up there at $12,100 
but will likely be yanked when "In- 
terference" is ready. It should give 
the air spectacle about 65 week.s 
at the Criterion. . "Lilac Time" is 
running .along easily clicking off 
$14,500, "White Shadows" doe.sn't 
have to worry at $18,550 and Warr 
riera I.s still giving $20,000 a lot of 
time with "The Terror" and will 
have "Noah's Ark" there Oct. 29 
Estimates for Last Week 

Astor— "White Shadows" and 
sound (M-G-Cosmo) (1,129; $l-$2) 
(10th week). Approachingk third 
month and still showing substantial 
figures; $18,550. 

Cameo— "Q Ships" (New Era) 
(549;_ 50-75) (3d week)_._ Good.-sllce. 
mdbr previous week, but holding 
over again and hou.se may hold It 
fourth week; $6,200'. 

Capitol— "Excess Baggage" (M-G) 
(4,620; 35-50-75-$l-$1.50) (2d week). 
Booked in , for two weeks; $69,650 
neat total, but not overly heavy; 
"Our Daneing Daughter.s," (M-G). 
next; also for two Weeks, to ihaugu •• 
Tate sound program. 
^.„9?"*''^'~"I^^Jac Time" and sound 
(PN) (922; $1.$2) (9th week). Set- 
tled into smooth gate; $14,500. 

Colony- "Lonesome" and sound 
(U) (1,980; 35-50-60-75-99) (1st 
Week). Universal, house reopened 
Sunday on grind With Ben Bernle's 
band as stage attraction; picture 
supposedly here for four weeks. 

Criterion— "Wings" (Par) (836; 
$l-$,2) ((ioih week). Ilolding up, 
but will, go when "Interference" 
ready; $12,100 last week; will prob- 
ably lotiil C,') weeks on windup. 

/r.,^*^ ^ ^ y— "Submarine",.. (Col) 
(5!)r.; $t-jo) week). Down 

again, thLs lime by $400, but $7,900 

LelTamyT^rlal" (M-O) being ex- 
ported hoie at that time. 

Gaiety— "Air Circus': and Movie- 
tonf- (Fox) rSOS: $l-$2). Quittiiur 
early Ums week to let "I'Vjur J)evll.s" 
(I'ox) come in; has had four weeks 
JtrTo'^ trade; final full week. 

Globe— "Mother Know.s Best" and 
Movietone (Pox) (1,416; $l-$2) (3d 
week). Fox tenancy of house ends 
"•M. 8, theatre reverting to mu.«?ical 



Wm. Fox's Own Office 



Williain Fox's personal Of- 
flC(8 is now permanently es- 
tablished In the Roxy theatre 
ibuilding, '•■ .• 

The. quarters in the home 
ofnce buildlhg are still main-, 
talned for occasional visits by 
the chief executive. 

Fox picked 7th avenue for 
its convenience and because 
he at last is beginning to ad- 
mit that his river site is too 
far in . thri ''sticks," with all 
of the merger talk breaking 
on Broadway. 



"Daughters" Not Strong 
At $20,000 in K.C. 



Kansas City, Oct. .2. 
(Drawing Pop., 700,000) 

In spite of extra publicity, per- 
fect newspaper reviews and every- 
thing that seemingly would bring 
business "Dancing Daughters" at 
Lbew's Midland last week failed to 
stir up undue entiiuslasm, in fact 
business was di.sap pointing. . 

"Wings," second wieek at the 
newly opened Newman, also took 
a no.se dive and stayed down all 
week, ^ Looks like thi.<5 house is not 
meant^for longer than single week. 

Starting Sunday t'le Mainstreet 
goes into sound pictures but will 
retain its stage band and acts. 
With the change Is a scale week 
days of 25-35-50 with 25c for bal- 
cony nights aboli.sbed, all seats be- 
ing 50c, with 10c tilt to, 60c for 
Sundays. ' , 

The coming month will see two 
openIng.s— Royal (Puhlix) closed 
for a year, and the big new Plaza, 
miles south of the Main Alley. 

Estimates for Last Week 
.. L o e w's Midland — "Dancing 
Daughters" (4,000; 25-35-50). 
Lengthy, complimentary raves from 
press and 100 per cent, satisfied 
customers. for this -one but business 
failed to come up to expectations. 
No alibi for poor opening and w^k 
business. Overture, three talking 
shorts and M-G-M news; $20,000. 

Mainstreet — "Waterfront (2,200; 
25-50). As usual this house unable 
to accommodate all Sunday, but re- 
mainder of week not so good. 
Vaudfllm bill nothing to rave about 
— just good entertainment at 50c; 
$17,000; "Lilac Time" broke house 
day record at $6,000 this week. 

Pantages — "River Woman" (2,^ 
200; 25-50). Regulars had much 
rather see Tom Mix than Lionel 
Barrymore, but this story of South 
"meller" enough for most. Vaud 
good; $9,000. . 

Newman— "Wings" (1,980; 35-50- 
75.) Second, week. After Satur- 
day matinee business let up most 
noticeably; $15,000. . 

Globe held "Pour Sons" second 
week and Uptown featured Bebe 
Daniels in "Take Me Home." 



comedy: picture $9,600 In second 
week, pretty fair. 

Paramount — "Beggars of Life" 
and sound (Par) (3,666; 40-65-75-85- 
$1) . -Held Publix ace above $80,000 
for second successive week; excel- 
lent figure for Berry picture, w:.ith 
Paul Ash in Chicago. 

Rialto— "The Patriot" and sound 
(Par) (1,960; • 35-50-75-85-$l> (7th 
week). Took first big dip; down to 
$25,400; out Oct. 11 for "Battle of 
the. Sexes" (UA). 

Rivoli — "Two Lovers" and sound 
(UA) (2,200; 35-50-75-85-$!) (2d 
week). Not too strong on opening 
weekend, but strengthened to get 
$32,500; also out Oct. 11 for "Wed- 
ding Marches." Oct. 12. 

Roxy — "Pla.stered in Parl.<5" and 
Movietone (Fox) (6,205; 50-75-$l- 
$1.50). Slapstick comedy with 
Sammy Cohen not deemed strong 
enough for this house, especially fol- 
lowing post 10 weeks of name films; 
$94,200 wouldn't have been bad in 
.June.- 

Strand — "Lion and Mou.><e" and 
Vita (WB) (2,900; 35-50-0n-7.'5) (2d 
week). K,m for ?2 at Warnf^r.'!, ro 
$1^8,400 okay; house, thought cnou.s^h 
of it to hold ovt'r and claims. Im- 
,lina,vad.^seuaad^jK£CktmL 



Warners— "The Terror" and '\''ita 
(\\H) (1,300; $l-$2) (8th week). 
Hasn't v.iried much since opening; 
.$20,S(iO, c>n(Miu;)i to "inlet . all 
squfiwks: "Noah'.s Ark" (WB) listed 
jfor Oct. 29. 

Winter Garden — "Singing Fool" 
and Vita (WB) (1,493; $l-$2-$3) (3d 
week). High scale and extrti Rhow 
on Jewish holiday gave Jolson film 
$42,900 for first full week and 17 
perfoi'mnnf'^p; .Mock. 



Hip, Vaodfihi, Leads 
Toronto for 3d Week 



Toronto, Oct. 1 
(Drawing Pop., 790,000) 
Weatheri Rainy, Cool 

With counter attraction di'opplng 
away like snowballs in an oven, the 
return , to standard time and the 
close of the Canadian racing sea- 
son It was felt picture houses would 
comb to life,- but the only spot to 
do real business last week was 
Shea's- Hippodrome with "M;in 
Made Women." 

It wasn't such a picture nor did 
Harry Conley's . •'Slick aa : Ever" 
mean so much on stage, but the 
crowd has-the Hippodrome habit 
how. Third successive week of 
leadership for the Hip. 

Pantages climbed $400 to $11,000 
for "The Night Bird" then opened 
strong With "Wild Geese" Saturday. 
The latter has been hanis:ing around 
the town for months. Tiffany pic- 
tures are seldom exhibited here. 
Regulars didn't think so much of 
"Night Bird." 

"Oh Kay" opened strong at the 
Uptown, then faded in the middle 
as most pictures do in this house. 
Result was about $10,600, better 
than average. It this hou^e could 
hold its opening pace the result 
would be nearer $30,000. 

Movietone will come here' about 
Nov. 1 with slight advance in price, 
but none of regular features cur- 
tailed. Jack Arthur's orchestra has 
always been considered, best pic- 
ture house band in town and syn- 
chronized pictures will not affect 
contracts of musicians. 

Estimates for Last We^k ' 
Hippodrome (FP) (2,600; 30-60) 
— 'tMan Made Women" (Pathe). 
Vaude stage show that put this 
one in the lead at $12,500. . Decrease 
over last ^eek, ■ but still best in 
town. 

. Pantages (PP) (3,300; 30-60) — 
"The Night Bird" (U). Vaude. 
Denny never lets house down, and 
this one at $11,000 was $400 in- 
crease over last week. Only hpus» 
in Toronto to show Increase last 
week. 

Loew (2,300; 30-60)— "Loves of 
an Actress" (Par). Pola Negri com- 
plete flop here now. Her last three 
pictures knocked houses in . Which 
they were shown below average. 
This . one poor at $10,400. 

Uptown (PP) (3.000; 30-60)— "Oh 
Kay" (FN). About $10,600 after 
brilliant opening. Titles in this one 
came In for favorable comment In 
dailies and critics voted it a boost 
for Colleen Moore. 

Tivoli (PP) (1.400; 30-60) 
—-"Craig's Wife and "Grandma's 
Boy," reissue. About $4,600. Houso 
dai-k. Reopens Oct. 5 with sound. 
Tom Daley closed the Tivoli Sat- 
urday after a filler In week with 
"Craig's Wife" and the reissiie of 
Harold Lloyd's "Griindma's Boy" 
prior to the reopening with the 
house wired. Did about $4,600 on 
the week. . • 

Daley is avoiding the mistake 
made in respect to advertising 
sound pictures In other cities and 
is telling the public that "Street 
Angel" (Fox), his opening film, has 
no dialog, but only synchronized 
musical effects by Roxy orchestra. 
Short stuff In the opening program 
is straight dialog he points out. 
. Ho gets the bulge on the rest of 
the town by about three weeks. It 
is doubtful if Loew's Hippodrome 
and Pantages will have sound stuff 
before midwinter. 



Clara, $6,700, Tacoma 



Tacoma, Oct. 2. 
(Drawing Pop., 125,000) 
Weather: Cooler 

With the Broadwjty open looks iis 
though the town is topheayy with 
overhead. Going to be tough for 
any one to make money. Town llkies 
the stage shows and likes vaude, as 
witness the success of the local Pan. 

But two stage shows is rather 
strong. A1.SO Toby comedians are 
at the Heilig, doing fairly well. 
' Estimates for Last Week 

Broadway (WC) (1.500; 25-60)— 
"Fleet's In" (Par). Clara Bow draw. 
Fanchon & Marco good stage show. 
Biz hetter; $6,700. 

Pantages (1,50U; 25-60)— "Port of 
Mi.ssing Girl.s" (U) vaude. Good 
week; $5,500. 

Blue Mouse (Hamriek) (650; 50- 
75)— "Terror" (WB) virircd. Fir.st 
all-talker and .sensation. In for run. 
With Broadway opGn, two weeks 
figured Instead of four, record made 
hy two piotnro.q the past summer. 
Biz groat r~$n.l00. 

Rialto (VVC) (1,250; 25-50)— "Fa- 
zll" (Fox). Well liked but found 
going tough; $3,500. 

Colonial (WC) _(850; J.^)- "Good 
T^fjFiiTngr'.Tii'dg^:." TiPSIr; Tf,W(r, ~" 



Col.-Dramaphone Film $4,900 

Chicago, Oct. 2, 
First five days of "Scarlet Lady" 
(Col) at the (^a.stle, using cued dia- 
log and musical records on the Dra- 
maphone, gro.s.<"ed $4,900. Hou.se 
seats 300 and Is scaled at 35-50 
eent.^, . . 



Loop Low in Good Weather with 

; Oriental 





First Ribbon Sign 



• A runnlhg rlbhon (electric) 
, reading sign is over oitlier end . 
of the Winter ^ Cardon's 
marquee for Warners' "Sing- 
ing Fool.'' 

It attracts from pedestrians 
up or down on Broadwayi 
. Thousands pa.ss the house 
daily. 

It's the first band sign that 
has been, theatre-employed on 
the street level in New York. 



WarfieM,al $36,150, 
San Francisco Record 



Sail Francisco, Oct. 2. 
(Drawing Pop., 756,000) 
Weather: Unsettled 
A new high record for the town 
was set by the Warfield at $36,150 
on the, week. "Dancing Daughters" 
and stage show responsible. , 

California held remarkably strong 
on second week of "Wings" at pop 
prices and had no dilHculty In roll- 
ing up $22,000. . . 

Granada had "The Cameraman" 
at around $19,000 and satisfactory, 
but nowhere near house record. 

Estirnates for Last Week . 
Warfield (Loew-^W.C^.), "Dancihg 
Daughters" (M.-G.-M.) (2,672; 50- 
65-90). One of best all-around 
shows ever offered. Rube Wolf, 
m, c; Bobby Agnew, Jan Rubinl 
and Hughes and iSmoot figured. 
Topped $36,150 for all-timo record, 
not only for nousc, uut for town. 
Manager Lou Golden, worked every 
possible angle. 

California (I'ublix-W. C), 
"Wings" (Par) (2,200; 65-90). Pop 
engagement of "Wings" surprise, 
Second week at around $22,000 ex- 
ceptionally good. One more week: 

Granada (Publlx-W. C), "The 
Cameraman" (M.-G.-M.) (2,785; 
50-65-$l). Just ordinary business 
for this one; $19,000, 

Embassy (Wagnon), "The Ter- 
ror" (Warners) <1,367; 50-65-90). 
Final week of engagement, extend- 
ed two days, new feature Satur- 
day. Nine days at $17,250, excep- 
tional. . 

Columbia (Erlanger-Gottlob), 
"Simba" (Johnson; (1,700; 50- 
$1.50). Third and final week ol 
road fihoW picture held .strong to 
around $10,000. Going to road. 

St. Francis (W. C), "The Tem- 
pest" (U. A.) (1.375; 35-65-90). 
John Barrymore. fell down at box 
office. Second and final week at 
$10,000, disappointment. 



Perfect Weather, biit 
Topeka Falls Way Off 



Topeka, Oct. 2. 
(Drawing Pop. 80,000) 
Weather, Perfect 

Perfect theatre weather and yet 
one of the worst week's business 
with no explanation. Novelty Is 
having a hard time putting over its 
new policy of vaudfilm, though the 
Orpheum, Wichita, goes to the same 
policy next month. The Wichita 
theatre was the la.st strictly vaude- 
ville house In Kansas. . .„ 
Estimates for Last Week 

Grand (1,400; 50) (National). 
Splitting week with sound lilm 
didn't help much: Hou.se fell off 
$1,500 from previous week with 
"Jazz Singer." "Glorious Betsy" 
1st, 3 days and "Lion and. Mouse" 
last half. Latter caused most of 
drop. $3,800.. .. 

Jayhawk (1,500; 40) (J^yhawk). 
"Garden of Kden," first half, showed 
beginning of good busines.s, but 
"Forgotten Faces" last half took 
edge completely, off.. Week ended 
with oniy $5:i,3o6, near worst week 
of house. 

Novelty (1,100; 40). (Crawford). 
Almost lowest gross since change 
from vaude to vaud lilm, I'.ctler 
than average bills on both halves. 
"Beware of Blondes," .first half, 
didn't draw, but "Matitiee Idol" last 
half pulled slightly, $1,800. 

Orpheum (1,200; 25) (National), 
Family policy, plus general slump, 
set new low record, "Little Snob," 
first lifilf, and "Son of (UMm 
^W'<<.stTpixlast-=half)-d'rawing--only'-k-idM,= 
$0.-)0, 

Cosy (400; 25) (L.awrence). N'-w 
low record also set at C(;sv wiUi 
"The TiL^rcss," fir.st hfilf, an(l""Di»-^s 
Parade," last half, Lattf-r plckfd up 
a bit, but not oTioitp;}! to bring thf 
total above $750, $200 under wc<*k 
before. 

Best (550; 20) (Lawrence). Down- 
ard and Ko.solajid M,'iiiT.< ;i>>out only 
show In town that held ui», Ju-^t 
under $900. 



.Chicago, Oct. 2. 
Weather: Fair and Cold 

After, .nuuntalning an exception- 
ally sU'ong .pace for some timev 
most Loop houses e.ased off last 
week. •. Nothing startling in the 
program spots and ouly one rua 
lilm opening. September, witnessed, 
tliree hew house rc'cord,s n,hd an at- 
tondance-per-diiy record set by 
"Our Dancing Daughters" on a six- 
day booking in the Oriental.- Good 
theatre weatlier last week, too. 

''Two Lovers" at . United Artists 
looked most favorable among the 
new Loop, stuff at $2S, 000, normally 
good starter for tins house. "Night 
Watch" at /the Chicago cailght in 
the slump, utider average at $42,- 
000. Oriental hit the chute to 
$40,000 with "Win That <Virl." slid-- 
ing from the $51,000 ' taken by 
"Dancing Daughterjs" hi six day.<?.. 
Not a reliable estimate of "Oirl's" 
iiualitles, as film unforliinate In 
preceding the return of Paul ..sh 
and following a ' sensational week. 

"Patriot" dropped $4,000 second 
Week at Roosevelt, after oiicning to 
a substantial $26,000. Fourth week 
of "Wfng.s" in McVicker's eased off - 
$6,000 to $34,000, .Opening was sen- 
sational at $46,000, and sticking 
power very strong.. . 

Return of "When a Man Loves" 
at Orpheum little . under normal 
with $7,300 and out, Monroo re- 
mained above the usual mark with 
second Week of "Street Anpel"af 
$5,40tK ■ - . 

Estimates for Last Week 

Chicago (Publix), "Night Watch" 
(F. N.), "Ocean Blues," Publix unit. 
Wired (4,400; 50-75), • Dropped 
$2,000 on. week to $42,000; little 
help from stage; 

McVicker's (Publix), "Wings" 
(Par) wired (2,200; 60-75); Fourth 
week still riding easy with $37,000; 
record start, $46;00(). 

Monroe (Pox), ."Street Angel* 
(Fox) wired. (975; 50-75^. Hold- 
over week worth it at $5,400; $7,SO0 
first week; 2d Loop booking. 

Oriental (Publix), "Win 'ihat 
Girl" (Fox) Wired; . "Creations in 
Jazz," Publix unit (3,200; 50-75). 
Dropped from $51,000 to $40,000 in 
slack week, preceding return of 
Paul Ash as m. c. 

Orpheum (Warner), "When a 
Man Loves" (W. B.) wired (760; 
50). Return booking for one week 
tnir at $7,300; previously In Loop. as 
special. 

Playhouse (MIndlln), "Knd of St. 
Petersburg" (Sovkiho) (600; 50-75). 
Second and last weelc above aver- 
age at $3,300. 

Roosevelt (Publix), "The Patriot" 
(Par) wired (1,700; 50-75). Second 
week showed drop of $4,00O to 
$22,000, 

State- Lake (Keith), "Craig'.H 
Wifo" (Pathe) -Vaude (2.200; . 50- 
75). Film brought additional $500, 
giving $20,000. 

United Artists (U. A.), "Two 
Tx)vers" (U. -A.) (1,702; 35-75). 
Started normally good with $28,000; 
favorable reviews. 



Emil and Clara Do 
$64,100 in St Louis 



St. Louis, Oct. 2. 
(■Drawing Population, 935,000V 

"The Patriot" hailed by .some re- ' 
viewers here as "the greatest mo- 
tion picture even seen In St. IjOuIs." 

Other theatres held their own In 
fine shape last week, thanks to some 
really cOol Weather. 

Estimates for Last Week . 

Ambassador (Skouras downtown) 
(3,000; 35-50-05-75)--i"Fleet'.«; In" 
and Kd Lowry stage show. Lowry 
could pack 'em In here without a 
picture; $39,600. 

Loew's State (3,300; 25-35-65)-- 
"Cardbcard Trover," wired, "gbod 
light entertainment," as one re- 
viewer put. It, and talking shorts; 
$17,500. • 

Missouri (Skouras uptown) (3,- 
800; 35-50-65-75)— "The Patriot." 
Real drawing card, splendid notices. 
Frank Fay, m, c, honeymoon- vaca- 
tion in Chicago; $24,500. 

St. Louis . (4.280; 3y-65)---Bob 
Murphy's .stage show eclipsed pic- 
ture. "U. S. Smith," called "ordi- 
nary comedy." Vaude.. 

Grand-Central (Skour.as) . (1.700; 
50-75)— "The Terror," 3(1 week, tre- 
rnendou.sly poi>ul.ar. Will .staj wtiile 
longer; $16,000. . 



NEIGHBOEHOOD IQc CUT 

UMfM, N. y.. Oct. 2. 
T'ptfiwn, o^\nf•(^ by N.do U'lMiins 

^ pri>:c^ fi-orn .''.'n: for .'i.iliil'..-; lo "»r 
I arid fr'im 2')c for f'lijidren to lO'c, 
in th<' iieigli)»f<)-lii>(id Ihmisi-, 



"Noah's Ark" at Warners Oct. 29 

W'arni-r Brothers will i-i ;il..c<- tlio 
t. liking ''Terror" at Warner's on 
I Uroadwiiy. (K.-toher wilh th'-ii" 
newei tniker, "N'o'ili'^ Ark." 



10 



VARIETY 



MCTURE GROSSES 



Wednesday, October 3, 1928 



Chldren Back in Moiitrears Houses 

Mgrs. Ass n. s Injunction 




Montreal. Oct. 2. 
(Drawing Pop., 600,000) 
Weather; Fair and Cold 

Chilly broezes and eome rain sit 
nights expuiidecl grosses here de- 
spite holdovei's, radio week; local 
pugs In much advertised fight, big 
music programs and- GUbert-Sulli- 
Van shows In His Majesty's (legit). 
Palace repeated whole show from 
previous week and Is getting to be 
a regular holdover liouse. How-, 
ever, gros.*! held up well, although- 
showing a decline of one-third from 
first opening on "Four sons." 

This house ran neck and neck 
with Loew's, both topping the town 
with around $16,500, Latter had a 
small run-in with the censors, 
whose tender susceptibilities were 
shocked by title of picture,- "Tender- 
loin," and made Manager Adams 
change It to "Rose From Kelly's." 
Gpbd averaig:e vaude and good ac- 
tion picture put the hotlse across. 

Gapitol rated about same . as 
previous : week with $14j600. from 
"Foreign Legion," Lewis Stone sav- 
ing the sHuatiqjTi. Orchi?stra here 
is back on stage. iGood, ensemble' 
acts in Show offer fair cdnapetition 
with Palace (wired). 

Imperial continues to attract the 
kiddies who are, however, now going 
back tp. th^ movies after a . six- 
months' banishment. Managers. ad-, 
mit theni if accompanied by parents, 
pending legal situation now going 
through appeal against "Children's 
Act" in courts. 

Strand turned in' a good week 
■ With double change twice weekly. 
House, takes overflow from the big 
houses and also has own . follow- 
ing at low prices, . 

Neighborhood houses .a:re \finding 
business better, thanks to closing 
of amusement parks and end of hot 
weather. Also much benefited by. 
admission of children, now no- 
longer followed by penalties since 
injunction taJcen out by Theatre 
Men'.s Association, 

Estimates for Last Week 

Palace (FP) (2,700; 45-75). Wired 
•Four Sons" (Fox). Held over, to- 
geth;er with talking, shorts which 
went big first week; Feature syn- 
chronized only for sound. Does not 
get across as well as talking shorts. 
Latter big biz getter. Did well to 
repeat at $16,500. ■ 

Gapitol (FP) (2,700; 40-60). Pic- 
tures only. "Foreign Legion (U) 
over largely .on acting of Lewis 
Stone, Having, tough fight against 
competition of ithe wired house up 
street, but getting away fairly. Fair 
at , $14,500. . 

Loew's (FP) (3,200; 35-76). Vaud- 
film. "Rose. From Kelly's" (War- 
ner). Name changed by censors 
from "Tenderloin.'^ Did not hurt 
and good vaude succeeded in bring- 
ing house level with Palace gross. 
■■ Good at $16,500. Not often attained 
by this house. 

Strand. (UA) (800; . 30-40). Pic- 
tures. "Wife's Relations" (Col), 
"Freedom of Press (U), "Grand- 
ma's Boy' (Pathe), "Ransom" (Col). 
Altogether $4,000, 

.Empress (CA) (1,500; 25-35). Pic- 
tures. "Glorious Betty" (Warner), 
"Little Yellow House". (FBO.). To- 
gether $3,000. 

His Majesty's (legit) (1,900; $1- 
$3). Second week of Gilbert-SuUi- 
van operas. Held well at $12,000. 
English patrons, repeating. 

Princess (legit) (1,500; 50c-$2). 
French Opera Comlque. Complete 
flop. Gross could not reach $4,000, 
for . which house rented. Neighbor- 
hoods better, 



"Kings" Leads Portland, 
$17,000; U. A., $14,000 



I'ovtland, Ore-., Oct. 2. 
(Drawing Pop., 310,000) 
Oponing ot the new United 
.AfftisLs ' theatre,' .second .big week of 
"Wings" at the Broadway, and per- 
sonal appearance of Harry Ijangdon 
at the Portland were events of last 
• week. . 

This week sees, opening of Ham- 
rick'.s new Mu.sic Box. Now Dufwin 
opening for the Henry Duffy Playor.s 
has been postponed until Oct. 15. 
Estimates for Last Week 
Portland (Publix-W. C.) (3,000; 
35-.60) "First Kiss." Good program 
picture. Personal appearance of 
Harry.-^Lnngdo.n with Fanchon ntid 
Marco stage revue attraction; $16,- 
600. 

Dror.dwa^^ (AVO) ("2.000: S.^-fiO). 
Second week of "Wings"; $14,000, 

Par.tages (2,000; 35-5C^) Kva Tan- 
^KUav toppod vaude and on soro.cn. 
"iPort"'of~W[T^iRlrig^GlrlB''=r-^$l=4;000r--== 

Oriental. f.TOO;- 35-50) ' "Kinc: of 
Kings" (DeMille). Drew big; $17,- 
000. ' 

United Artists (Parkor-WO) (t,- 
200; 35-50) "Two Lovers" (UA) big 
opening attraction. Buslnes.s ex- 
cellent at $14,000; holds over. 

Columbia (U) (1,000; 35-50) "50- 
60 fiirl," neppy comedy film. W<'nt 
well; $3,500, 

Auditorium-^John Britz Opera. 
,L{>«-t wooU of I<^oalI.v j)rodu<'od musi- 
cal show. Closed to fair trade: 

17.600.: . 



$19,000 FOR DOVE, . 
SEAniE; $15,000 NEXT 



"Patriot," Runner-Up— "Ter- 
ror," $9,850, 4th Wk.—; 
Columbia, $4,800 



Seattle, Oct;: 2. 
(Drawinjg Population, 500,000) 
Weather; Favorable 

Substantial fall business now;pl-e- 
vails, although overseated condition 
makes the margin of black small 
or dubious. ; 

Liberty , is still dax'k and alriio.st 
forgotten. A few years ago the aoo 
Jensen-Von Herberg house,- First 
ayeniie is no\y out of • the bright 
lights. • • 

Olympic, small house recently 
built, Is also dark after, colored 
vaude show tryipg it. Third Ave- 
nue likewise locked up. Finlsliilng 
touches are proceeding at the May- 
flower, new- dandy 2,500-seater, but 
no Blgns| of .an opening in near 
future. ' . ' 

Outside of . these' houses, \v'hich If 

open would add^ that much more to 
the byerseated condition, others art 
running along at fair clip. Big fea- 
tures get the coin, good stage shows 
help and so do good bands. Weaker 
ones not so hot, 

Palace-Hip with Al Franks com- 
pany getting solid play right along 
at low prices; Other second and 
third run houses doing good biz. 

The star identification contest is 
on for a big killing, . It has aroused 
much.- interest and b. 6. results ex- 
cellent. 

The way the public Is adjusting 
itself to the Fanchon & Marco 
stage show shift to the Seat-tie and 
the new policy of bigger pictures 
at the Fifth pleasing managements. 
Grosses are better, and one costly 
stage show eliminated. , Instead of 
two stage shows, there is one now, 
and It's going over. 

Estirhatesi:for>Last Week' 

Seattle (WC-Pub-L) (3,100; 25- 
60) "Night Watch" (FN). ■ Gene 
Morgan back with Fanchon & 
Marco stage show that hits. Movie 
star identification contest heipu 
draw at all West Coast houses; 
$19,000. . . 

Fifth Avenue (WC) (2,700; 25-60) 
"Patriot" (Par). Picture registers 
for solid wallop. Hevmie King band 
again repeats. Oscar Taylor's final 
week as singer in pit; $15,000. 

Coliseum (WC) (1,800; 25) "Wo- 
man on Trial" (Par), Star guess- 
ing contest factor hei-e. Patrons 
with pencil in hand when star film 
is shown; $4,260. 

Columbia (U) (1,000; 25-50) 
"Road to Ruin" (Ind). . First of this 
type shown here, but Mike Newman 
determined to build up . business. 
Started off big; $4,800. 

Blue Mouse (Hnmrick) (950; 50- 
75) "Tempest" (WB) (2d week). 
Wired. Going strbng; $7,250. 

Music Box (Hamrick) (1,000; 50- 
75) "Terror" (4th week) (WP.). 
Wired, Big final week. "Singing 
Fool" next; $9,850. 

Winter Garden (U Chain) (660; 
25> "The Sl.'ivor" (Ind). Western 
Of better, gate; good at $3',OOo: 

Pantagesd.SOO; i:5-G0) ."Michigan 
Kid" (U). A'audo just program acts, 
nothing big; $5,800, 

Orphcum (Keith's) (2,700; 25-$!) 
"Cr;iig'.^ Wife.'.' V.n.udc just average. 
Biz slightly off; $9,8'00, 

President (Duffy) (a.SOO; 25-$1.2,'5) 
"Mother's. Millionis" (Duffy stock). 
May Hnb-^ori in final Week as guest 
star; $4,600, . . ' 



2 Stand/Em Up FOms 
In Providence Last Wk. 

Pi'ovidence, Oct. 2. 
(Draviring Pop., 300,000) 
Weather; Cool 

For the first time this season 
two pictures had lines around the 
corner; "Wings" at MajosUc and 
"Patriot" at Strand. "Wings" held 
over. Majestic raised top from 
•75c to $1, 

Now Loew's State opening next 
-S a tn Fd ay=^^w.iUi.,=^SiLOSiL_B.u ggag 
and t.alking shorts, ' 

Estimates for Last Week 
. Majestic (Fay) (2,200; 15-$!)— 
"Wings" (I>ar), .Smashing biz all 
week, $14,000. 

Strand (Ind) f2,000; 15-50) — 
"Patriot" (Par), AnoUier cracker- 
jack, standing 'em up, $12,000, 

Victory (K-O) (1,500; 15-50) — 
"Bluo Danube," (M-G-M). O, K. 
About $7,000, 

Rialto (Fay) (1,400; 15-30). 
Throe change program. Better than 
usual at $1,700. 



FOX WITH $32,000 
BEAT STANLEY, PrilLLY 



Philadelphia, Ort. 2. 

JJusinesii Soared in virtually all 
the downtown picture houses last 
week. Meanwhile legits were 
doing very badly. The Fox had the 
better , of the Stanley In the draw- 
ing jxjwer of the presentation foa- 
turo' last week. ■ 

Estimates for Last Week 

Stanley (4,000; 35-50-75), "For- 
gotten Faces" (Par), Big starring 
names. Lconidoff's "Personality 
Girls" on stage; $26,000, 

Stanton (1,700; 35-50-75). "While 
City Sleeps" (M-G-M; 2d week). 
Lon Chaney picture fair In last 
week. Around $9,000. . 

Aldine (1,600; 50-75), 'Lilac 
Time" (P N). "Third and final 
week. About $17,000. Could have 
stayed, btit "Singing Vool" hur- 
ried In, 

Fox- Locust (1,800; $i),"Fa!!ir 
(Fox;. .4th week). Ended fairly! 
strbng with $10;000 or little less- 

Karlton (1,100; 50^75)( "The 
Patriot" (Par; 1st week), Jannings 
picture yirttially smash hit;. $8,000; 
very big for small house,- 

Fox (3,000; 90), "r.Iother Ma- 
chree" (Fox), At Fox-Locust last 
spring. Together with stage .show, 
Benny Davis and Co., clicked to 
tunei of $32,000. 



TALKERS JUMP COST 



(Continued from pa^je 1) 

represents approximately 15 per 
cent more than the coiit of produc- 
tion, last year in the United States 
when distributed evenly among all 
the producing companies. The In- 
crease in cost tp the three or ioiir 
companies, planning to make ta.lk- 
ing pictures on a large scale, ho.w- 
ev'er, will: represent from 25 to 50 
per cent. 

Rentals for talkeris are appar- 
ently unlimited In amount, for the 
present, in fiome. cases prices asked 
being three or four times the ren- 
tal of silent pictures or sold on 
juicy . percentages. According to 
executives of the Western iSlectrlc 
Connpany .it will he two years be- 
fore 3,000 houses are wired. There 
are only about 700 wired houses at 
present and until talking equipment 
Is Installed in the other theatres the 
high cost bf the talkers will be disr 
tributed among those now equipped. 



Goy^t Acts as Mediator, 
Ending Theatre Strikes 

Syiracuse, N. T, Oct. 2. . 
After . 18 months of controversy, 
FranJc Sardino, managing director 
of the Syracuise and former operator 
of the Crescent, and the Syracuse 
theatrical, labor unions have signed 
a treaty of peace. 

The adjustment of the dispute 
ends the longest labor "war" of the 
local Rialto. By the terms of the 
settlement, the result of negotiations 
launched soon after four teair gas 
bombs were discharged in the Syra- 
cuse while an audience of 2,000 was 
present, the management replaces 
Its non-union house staff with mem- 
bers of threp theatrical unions, 

Three projectionists will be em- 
ployed in. the hooth at the $60-$50 
scale recently effective here. This 
puts the house on the same basis as 
Keith's, although other film houses 
in the downtown sector are required 
to have four operators. 

The house also wins a concession 
behind the curtain line, taking on a 
sihglie mefebei^~Of~"t^^^ 
union at $72. The Syracu.se plays 
Independent vaudilTm. 

Two union organists at $65 and 
$45 ai*e specified. 



High Priced Money Takes Edge 
Off Bullish Enthusiasm in 
All Theatre Stock Group 



San Francisco, Oct, 2, 
After permitted to. operate, for 
nearly 11 months without an or- 
chestra or organlstis. Embassy, local 
yitaphone, (exclusive) house, on 
Market street, operated by W. B,' 
Wagnon, ran afoul of organized 
labor. A strike order was issued 
by the niuslclans' union against the 
operators' local, with the result the» 
union'^projectlonlsts were called out. 
Peremptory demand was served on 
Wagnon that he Immediately Install 
an orchestra of eight men, and two 
organists, under penalty of the 
union operators being out perm.a- 
nontly. 

A temporary truce was declared 
until this week, at which tinio 
"W'SghW" Will appear--por»;Grial^^^^^ 
fore the local musicians' body. 



Wa.shington, Oct, 2. 
Department of Labor stepped in 
last week and settled two thn^at- 
ened musicians' strikes In -Fort 
Wayne, Ind. Houses affected were 
the Embbyd and the Palace. Scale 
was set at $57.60 for the Kmboyd 
with 12 men in the pit, and the 
Palaoo at $-57 with nine mr-n. , 



.A 10 per cent, rate for money 
Monday and one bf 9 yesterday took 
the heart out of bull , operators in 
the anuKsemeht group. Pahimount 
made a courageous stand against 
pressure Monday, but -yesterday, as 
usual paid for its stubbornness. 
Marking up a. new peak Monday of 
152%, it slumped yesterday to 146, 
but rallied to 149 In the final hour. 

The new stock went. into, trading 
la.st wefjk. It was this speciial sit- 
uation In the .film len,der V that 
singled it out. New issued repre- 
senting throe shares for one. of the 
old, got above 50, loading the . old 
shares past the mark long ago set 
■for It, ' 

Elsewhere the changes ,were of 
small moment. Fox eased some- 
what- Monday upon going ex the 
new rights Which oiffer. stockhpld-, 
ers the privilege of buying, new 
stock at 85 in . the^ proportion of 
one now share for each five old. 
Rights opened at slightly under 4 
and subsequently sold off, getting 
down yesterday to 2%, with the 
Fox stock selling to an extreme 
low of 98%. Computation of value 
of the rights are airrived at by di- 
viding the difference between 85 
and the current quotation by . 6. 
Thus with ticker rcpbrting 100 for 
the s'tock, rights should be. 3. 

Keith Marking Time 

The amusements were off uni- 
formly yestferdaft', Loew being be- 
]o\y 60 for the first time since the 
rise from 49, following payment of 
the stock dividend. Warner got 
down to 107, its bottom since the 
recerit break below 100, Shubert 
was Ibw around 63, and Keith was 
practically unchanged at and close 
to 2914, Dealings were in moderate 
volume, throughout the amusement 
section. 

Keith is marking tlnae for the 
present fbllowing its' brisk spurt 
frdm around 24 to better than 31. 
A lot bf speculative long stock is 
spread about on lines taken on 
when the hot tip was out 10 days 
ago. Since then Joseph Kennedy 
has returned, but for the present 
nothing new has come out. 

It is known that several offers 
for the Keith properties have been 
made, but the best Information ob- 
tainable Is that there Is small like- 
lihood of anything final being done 
on the propositions hanging fire 
immediately. As ; a curious com- 
mentary upon the Keith issues, dur- 
ing the extreme of weakness all 
along the theatre line yesterday a 
sale of 10 old Orpheum preferred 
was reported on the ticker at 82, 
compared tb the Keith preferrei 
last 'quotation the day before at 92. 

Around noon yesterday the broad 
tape news ticker carried the state- 
ment that Keith had closed for In- 
stallation of RCA's Phpnophonc in 
26 of its houses.- This was misin - 
terpreted downtown as marking the 
termination of negotiations between 
Keith and Warner Eros., since the 



Warners have Vitaphone, wli,ich Is 
a rival of Phonophonq. 

The Ph otophone deal means 
nothing other than a busirie.s.s trans- 
actibn. Keith had previously closed 
for wiring of 26 hou.ses with Wcsli- 
ern Electric equipment, making tho 
Installation equipment a standoff. In 
the trade It Is accepted as a fore- 
gone conclusion that interchange- 
ability of product will follow as a 
matter of course, whatever W; E. or 
RCA officials say at this time , for 
publication.- 

Photophone equipment news had 
no effect upon the market for Keith 
stock up to closing. 

Tighten on Margins 

It, was to be expected that any 
inflijence such as high priced money 
would react with special .vit)lonce 
upon the amusement shares, for the 
reason that this group has had tho 
.most exaggerated upswing during 
the phase of the long bull ; market 
that ■ started lato in July, This 
underlying condition was illustrated 
when a big brokerage house sent out 
finrm letters to Its customers, setting 
up new margin requirements for a 
certiVin specified list of securities. 
This specified that 40 per cent, mar- 
gin • would be required on sonie 
stocks that have had a big move, 
and bn another list, which included 
Fox . and Warner Bros,, the require- 
ment would be 50 per cent; on new 
long commitments. Rule does not 
apply, with. this particular house to 
Paramount and Loew, which are 
gradually being accepted bn more bf 
a semi-Investment basis, even though 
Paramount is mainta,ining its high- 
est level since it.s listing. 

Benefits from' the now capital 
structure in Paramount ivcre ap- 
parent from the very beginning of 
trading in tho new stock, Tlie .new 
units a,re attractive to parti. sans of 
the company, who. are kept -out 
of the' stock because of its high 
price. A speculative trade in the 
old Pajraniount stock called for a 
margin deposit of more than $3,000, 
for Ground lot, while the new stock 
can be carried on a credit of less 
than $l;500. It is taken for granted 
that the new stock will pay $3 a 
year, for estimates put the current 
rate of net at around $4,50.. At 
$50 this makes an even 6 per cent, 
an attractive yield, together with 
speculative possibilities, in this mar- 
ket where some, standard Industrials 
do .' not yield as high as some 
bonds, 

B. & K. Exchange 

Authoritative reports were circu- . 
lated that Paramount will complete 
Its ownership of Balaban & Katz, 
already 65 per cent,.pwned, by offer- 
ing to Balaban & Katz .stockholders, 
an exchange of stock on the basis 
of two new P,aramount shares for 
ono of Balaban & Katz. Trading 
in the Chicago circuit .stock on the 
Now York Curb reflected this trans- 
action, the price moving up further 
to better than 92. 

ShuTjcrt was weak following the 
statement of income showing net 
at somewhat under the rate of last 
year. St.anloy was. lower in sym- 
pathy with Wai-ner, quotccr'yestera^ 
day. at 5^Vs, compared with close to 
70 at the top. . . 



Summary for week ended Saturday, Sept. 29: 

STOCK EXCHANGE 



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45 
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3,600 Ajiioricah ■ Scat (3) 

Ti.SOO Conpol, Pl!m pM. 2) . 

2,,-)00 Ea.stmnn Kodak (8),.: 

2(J,[I00 Lociw .(3) 

700 Do pref, W/t) 

14B,80O Keith 

4,400 JJo pref. (7) . 

70,K00 Fox Class A (4) 

4,000 Maillson Bqunre Garden (2). 

.•iOD Met.-G.-M. pref, (1.80) , 

2,000 Motion Picture Cap 

00. 1)00 . Parnmount-Fam-Laslcy (8) .', 
112,100 Ptir now 

80,000 Patlu! I!xch.lnBe 

1. -<,8fl0 P.itlie Cla.'M A 

lO.nOfl .Shubppt (5) 

.W,300 Stanley 

no ITnlvpr.sal prof. (8) '. 

M.noo Warner Bros ' 

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67,000 Vox Theatres 

1,700 lA)cw rts' 

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Wednesday, October 3, 1928 



P I C T U R E S 



VARIETY 



11 



KEITH'S 



4 Sound Studios in Greater N..Y. 
Operating Before November 1; 
Warners, Par. 




SOFT 




Four . sound studios In Greater 
New York will be in production 
during October— Paramount in As- 
toria, Warners in Prooklyn, M-G-M 
(Cosmopolitan) and FBO in Har 
lem. AH win concentrate on talk 
Ing pictures exclusively. 

M-G-M is spending $500,000 re 
constructing the Cosmopolitan stu 
dio and will eventually have lour 
stages. The first sound-proof stage 
is expected, to be ready for shoot- 
ing within two weeks. Movietone 
vaudeville will be made there and 
musical scores for features syn 
Chronized. 

Harry B. Weir, sound, engineer pt 
M-G-M, is in general charge yvith 
Major Edward L. Bowes and Louis 
K. Sidney of Loew's . supervising 
production plans. A permanent 

• studio orchestra of about 40 pieces 
will be maintained by M-G-M with 
David Mendoza of the Capitol the- 
atre as conductor, and Dr. William 
Axt associated. 

Between 45 and 50 highly special 
Ized technical men will be employed 
at the M-G-M studio to handle the 
three major divisions of sound pro- 
duction, . operating, transmission 
and recording. 

The two original sound stages at 
Cosmo will be one on top the other. 
They will be sound-proof with 

• sound-proof sets also used. Studio 
will be equipped for both the sound 
track and disk method of syn- 
chronization, M-G-M anticipating 
using both media with the 
movietone system for shorts and 
the records for sounding coast 
made silent features. 

M-G-M now occupies all of the 
studio building. Eugene Spitz and 
other Independent promoters for-- 
merly renting space have vacated. 
Warners 

Two sound stages are under way 
. at the old Vitagraph studio In 
Brooklyn, under, the direction of 
Engineer George Satin. 

Warners expect to launch their 
eastern talking short schedule the 
third week In October. 

Paramount 

The Astoria studio is partially 
operative with Monta Bell as di 
rector of sound productions, under 
Walter Wanger, general east coast 
production head, for Paramount 

Some two-reelers .started by Eu- 
gene Spitz and his associates 'at 
Cosmo some months ago are being 
synchronized here. The shorts are 
lor Actors' Fund under the an-ange- 
ment that Paramount handle distri- 
bution. 

A dialog feature is due to go into 
production in late October. A con- 
siderable business staff is on duty 
— with -J7 -W.-Butlcr-as studio man- 
ager. 

FBO 

. The former Pathe studio, 134th 
Btreet and Park avenue, recently 
taken over by Ben Burke and 
named the Manhattan. Is the scene 
of FBO's fling at sound via photo- 
phone. Under a deal with Robert 
Kane, new general manager of this 
phase of FBO', BUrke ^remains as 
production manager. Fitzgibbon is 
Btudlo manager. 

Others of staff include Joe Cle- 
ment a.s art director, Jack Strieker, 
head carpenter, and Josiah Zuro 
in charge of mu.sic. 

The entire area of the studio will 
be the stage. FBO will use sound- 
proofed -sets, but the slag© itself 
will not be so treated. Everything 
Is being held to basic reciiiircnients. 
Kane succinctly described the 
policy IIS being to make pictures. 
An allrtalking picture called 
'^'^■'''«tTlpTitng^ngVi"'^win'=K-^ 

a few weeks. Bert Glennon will 
diroet the film from the usual angle, 
with l>rt Harrison superintending 
sound and dialog. 

The first talking short to be made 
by FBO Is "The Scoop," sketch by 
Edgar Allan Woolff. 

FBO contemplates drawing upon 
Vaudeville acts under contract to 
Keith's for their talkiutj shorts 



Opera Singers Caused Warners to 
Move Vita Talking Shorts 1 



Parke's Safety Oven 

William Parke, former pic- 
ture director, has invented 
"safety .even shelves" for 
stoves and has organized Wil- 
liam Parke, Inc., with a fac- 
tory in Camden, N. J. Grant 
Mitchell, George Hassell, 
George B. Seltz and Chester 
Bennett are financially Inter- 
ested In the project, 

I^arke last directed a picture 
about five years ago, a Pauline 
Frederick feature for the old 
Goldwyn company. He turned 
Inventor when his wife burned 
her fingers taking a roast out 
of the oven. 



USICAL FILM 
TURNS LOT INTO 
BACKSTAGE 



Los Angeles, Oct.^2. 
Warner Brothers' lot sounds like 
backstage of a legit musical produc- 
tion these days, with rehearsals In 
full awing for "The Desert Song," 
which will go Into production 
shortly. 

Anyone on the back lot is met by 
reverberating melody from the male 
chorus, an. unusual condition at a 
film studio, illustrative of the in 
novations sound pictures are pro- 
ducing. 

The BO male singers will consti 
tute a greatfer chorus of masculine 
voices than appeared in the stage 
production of the musical. 

Ernest Grooney, musical director 
of "The Desert Song" during its 
first appearance in Los Angeles, Is 
serving in the same cap^icity for the 
Vitaphone version. 

Keith's Off Westerns 



Four Organizations Re- 
ported Tendering Offers 
for Keith Purchase— RCA 
is One — Kennedy, Mur- 
dock, Casey Management 
Continuing — Security in 
Present Position Reported 
Felt 



KENNEDY SILENT 



Keith's will not play westerns, it 
is stated at Keith's office In New 
York. 

The crusher is said to have been 
Fred Thomson's "Kit Carson," lately 
released by Paramount. Keith's got 
the Thomson film among the Par 
group purchased. "Carson" in the 
Keith . APUS.es;. during Sep t._ did _a 
bloomer. 

"Jesse James," also Thomson's 
and another of the Par list. Is said 
to have been played by Loew's to 
about the same result. 

The Keith stateiment it was oft 
western did not except Tom Mix, 
now making them for FBO, with 
FBO of late liberally selling its 
prodiict to the Keith houses. 

Non-Synchronous for 
Reade Houses, Temporary 

Walter Reade has contracted for 
Western Electric's non-synchronous 
in- IG of his houses. Including the 
Columbia. New York, pending such 
time as W, E. can complete regular 
wire installation. 

Equipment for non-synohronous 
is identical as far as it goes with 
Cull talking euuipment and is used 
^aH^i.s- wh.cn.-thc.^ccminlcte MijjJKJftfe^^^ 
is finished. 

Non-synchronous is worked by a 
house employee (non technical) and 
consists of two turntables playing 
alternating records. Amplifiers are 
standard, of talker type. 

Non-synchronous co.sts about $3,- 
500 per house, with the cost above 
%rm applied against the full cost 
I of talker wiring later on. 



Through reliably reported offers 
to buy Keith's, coming from four 
directions, it is said that the Ken 
nedy-Murdock-Casey direction of 
Keith's believes it is in a soft spot. 

At the same time the report is 
that there is no present intention 
of disposing of the Keith circuit, 
through that very feeling of se 
curity, both in demand and the 
present Keith's entertainment pol 
icles, now in operation. 

Joseph P. Kennedy, the first of 
the direct Keith heads to return 
from abroad, is uncommunicative 
Other than to merely smile over the 
suggestion of the Albee-Heiman at 
tempt to secure the return of 
Keith's control while 4ie, with Mur- 
dock and Casey, were abroad, 
Kennedy said there was nothing to 
say; that the control held by him- 
self and associates told their whole 
story. 

Inspired stories of Kennedy's 
banking associates being dissatis- 
fied with the Keith operation and 
that Kennedy would leave or sell 
out his Interest In Keith's found 
little credence, beyond the hopeful 
stock speculators or manipulators. 

From close sources Information 
comes that Kennedy, since his ar- 
rival In New York, with his bank- 
ing connections, have considered 
the several offers made for Keith's. 
One Is reported to have come from 
R, C. A., the Radio Corporation of 
America, R. C. A. is desirous, from 
accounts, of going whole-heartedly 
into the picture business, as a pro 
ducer and theatre operator, with its 
Photophone adjunct. 

Conclusion 
The conclusion reached by the 
Kennedy cohorts, from the story. Is 
that with the Keith Circuit, includ- 
ing the former Orpheum Circuit In 
tl.e V^st, remaining the single out- 
standing, independent chain of the 
first class In this country, and con 
sidering Its possibilities, the pres 



"Regards" on Wire 



Los Angeles, Oct. 2. 

When the word "regards" Is 
eliminated from the parlance 
of fi^^lm studio telegraphy, the 
telegraph companies wIU auto- 
matically lose their greatest 
single word source of Income. 

To add the word "regards" 
to every telegram that goes out 
of a studio Is as sacred a rite 
as saying "yes" to a director. 

It Is estimated that ah aver- 
age of 40 telegrams goes out of 
each of the 15 lea:dlng studios 
of Hollywood daily. And never 
one without "regards" Just 
ahead of the signature. This 
means that In an estimated 300 
working days a year— conser- 
vative estimate-^the word Is 
used 180,000 times a year, 
which at an average cost per 
word at least three cents, 
gives the telegraph companies 
more than $5,000 annually on 
this one meaningless word 
alone. 



Sflyermans Out of Co.s 



Cleveland, Oct. 2. 

Jacob Silverma.n, president, and 
Isaac Silverman, secretary -treasurer, 
of the Variety Amusement Co., and 
the Midwest Properties Co. here, 
have withdrawn as officers arid 
stockholders from both. 

The Silvermans were two of the 
largest stockholders In the Variety 
Co., which owns and operates about 
a dozen film, houses In and out of 
Cleveland. No reason Was given for 
their withdrawal. 

Holding Over and Out 
On Vita's Talking Shorts 

The first reported Instance of de- 
layed returns In. talking shorts is 
the Clinton, In the Ghetto, near the 
Delancey street bridge. New York. 
Warner Brothers, handling records 
through a separate department and 
not through their regular film ex- 
change, discovered that this house 
had contracted for two new shorts 
three times weekly but was adver- 
tising and playing a four-short bill 
at all shows. 

It was accomplished by holding 
shorts over two days longer than 
the contracted period. Bach Clinton 
Vitaphone bill contained two new 
shorts and two shorts from the pre 
vious program. 

LOEW'S IN PROVIDENCE 



Availability of opera singers is a 
chief reason for Warner -Brothers 
moving thtilr talking short dep.'xrt- 
ment to the Vitagraph studio in 

Brooklyn. N. Y, 

Reversing the experience of 
vaudeville, the outstanding indivld.. 
ual popularities developed via Vita- 
phone are grand opera singers. 
Martlnelll and Glgll are oustanding 
In this respect. 

The big singers were reluctant to 
make the trip to Hollywood In most 
cases, although some did. Mme. 
Schumann-IIeink is now there mak- 
ing Vitaphone subjects. 

Vitaphone will start functioning 
In Brooklyn about the third week in 
October. The Jump In Vitaphone 
serial numbers from 600 to 2, 000' 
was for the purpose of assigning 
those number-s to eastern-made 
shorts. 

There. ar<* 600 Vitaphone acts now 
on hand and available to wired 
houses. It Is explained at Warners 
It Is possible, although troublesome 
and difficult, to resynchronize shorts 
that have been censored. It was 
necessary to do this In ; Pennsyl- 
vania, where some lyrics In Winnie 
Lightner's songs were ordered out 
The rcsynchronlzed record was 
made from the master record by an : 
intricate and highly technical cut- 
out and pick-up system. The aver- 
age film-cutter and assembler Is 
worthless for this task, w:hlch re- 
quires an expert technician. 



ent is not the time to favor a sell- 
ing deal. 

Offers . to buy are reported also 
having been made for Keith's by 
Fox, W^arners and one other chain 
Kennedy since returning to New 
York last Friday has . Issued no 
statement . concerning Kelth's> He 
spoke, over the radie' on interna- 
tional show business the other eve- 
ning, but clung to that subject 
alone, on and off the mike. He 
could not be Induced to go Into the 
Keith offers for publication, nor 
would he comment upon the posi- 
tion his own producer, FBO, and 
the Keith-controlled Pathe, which 
he also directs, might stand In were 
a Keith deal completed. 

Nor would Kennedy say whether. 
If the bids grow beyond his expcc 
tatlons for the purchase of Keith's, 
he would listen Just now. Busine.ss 
associates close to Kennedy a.ssort 
=thcre^s. .jifl._-QMliee .Jiilkt.^^?^ 
anyone buying Keith's. 

John J. Murdock and Pat Cosoy 
will return to New York late next 
week. It is reported that Murdock 
and Kennedy are In perfect accord 
and the attitude of either covers 
both 

Important changes are looked for 
in, the Keith organization with 
Murdock- Casey's arrival. 



Opening October 6 With All Pictures 
—Wired 



Providence. Oct. 2. 
Opening of Loew's new theatre 
here Saturday will give local show- 
men plenty, of reason for gray 
hairs. 

Immediate wired policy Is pic- 
tures only, with orchestral accom- 
paniment. 

If these plans are adhered to the 
two vaude houses, Albee and Fay's, 
will not worry so much as they ca- 
ter to a different patronage. •* 

M. J. Cullen, manager, and Hal 
Olver, publicity advance, breezed in 
last week for a peek at the terrl 
tory and to arrange for the open 
ing. 



FOX, B'KLYN, FOR NAMES 



Fox's Brooklyn, N. Y., Is aban- 
doning Its Rpxy type of stage pres- 
entation in favor of name attrac- 
tions on the order of Fox's Phlla- - 
delphla. This same policy will ob- 
tain in the new Fox houses In De- 
troit and St. Louis ultimately. 

Benny Davis was contracted by 
Max Silver, the I'ox booker, through 
William Morris agency, but Davis 
meantime had closed direct with 
Earl Sanders for a Keith route 
opening at the Palace, New York, 
at $3,000 a week, thi."? week for six 
days. Davis closes Saturday, with 
the new policy of Sunday opening. 

B. & k/s Paradise Opens; 
Designed for Sound 

Chicago, Oct.. 2. 
Chicago's first theatre especially 
designed, and equipped for sound 
pictures, Bal.ibnn and Katz Para- 
dl.se, made its sound-picture debut 
Saturday. 

Dr. Norbcrt M. LaPorte, director 
o: research for B. & K.. had charge 
of the sound preparations. Sound 
chambers were built Into the left 
and right extremes of the long pro- 
jection booth, and a decorated sur- 
face which,, ab^^ 
fleets was utilized. 

New arrangement Is said to insure 
perfect reproduction In all parts of 
the house. 



Chi Suburb 'Sunday' 

Chicago, Oct. 2. 
■ Wilmettc, Chicago suburb, scene 
of a prolonged Sunday movie war, 
voted last week in favor of the Sun- 
day films. Vote war 1,894 for and 
1,165 against. Precincts embodying 
the high-hat residential district 
were leading in the opposition. 

Town has no theatre, promoters 
claiming they could make no iponcy 
on a six-day week. Members of 
the village board predict a large 
theatre in the early, future. 



Neighborhood All-Sound 
™mith ScaleJCut^ToQ 

. Chicago, Oct. 2. 
LubUiier and Trinz Center, neigh- 
borhood house, first all-sound com- 
munity theatre In Chicago. House 
opens on Oct. 6 with nothing on the 
program but sound pictures, news- 
reels and shorts. 

Adml.sslon prices will stand a 25 
per cent slash. 



WAYNE PIERSON WEST 

Wayne Pierson expects to leave 
for the Coast this week to olieck 
b TTe'r"^!) reTlrnlriii r y ^ '^^^^^ 
road showing of "IIi'll'.s Angels" for 
Caddo. Picture is due in New York 
in .January. 

Pierson will handle all eastern 
business for Howard Hughes* firm, 
Including the submittance of screen 
material. He recentry handled 
"Dawn" and "St. I'ctersburg" for 
Sclwyn and Hammerstein, 



12 



V A R I* E T Y Wednesday, October 3, 1928 



NewsreeU iron. F#X — MO VIETONE 




EGINNING this week two 
issues of Fox Movietone News 
are available weekly to theatres 
equipped for Movietone. 

Every week brings two new souild 
newsreelsr with look and listen 
recording of the world's news 
events. 

Forty recording units, covering 
America and Europe, will soon be 
increased to fifty, making even 
more comprehensive the world's 
only sound photography ne wsreel. 



MOVIETONEW5 

X ''It Speahs far Itself" 



Fi 




mahes all other 



Wednesday, October 3, 1928 



or SILENT -^l^wice Each Weeh 




OW in its tenth year, Fox 
News enjoys a wider distri- 
bution and more thorougli world- 
coverage than ever before. 

Today Number 3, Volume lO, ap« 
pears as the 939th issue of a news- 
gatheHng organization proud of 
its 

Its wide acceptance by theatres 
throughout the world, in a highly 
competitive market, testifies to 
the consistent twice -weekly 
newsiness of 






Mightiest of e411 



news reel services obsolete 



14 



VARIETY 



5/Vcdnesday, October 3, 1928 



Week s Stulo Survey 



The recent increase in motion 
picture production came to a halt 
during the past) week, but the slump 
was only a slight one and promises 
to be only a lull before the heavy 
activity that virtually all the larger 
studios are planning as soon as 
their sound stages are ready for 
use The revolutionary changes 
Invoked by the sound film situa- 
tion have inaugurated a period o£ 
readjustniient which is still only in 
Its early stages and it is evident 
that it Will be several months before 
a new normalcy in production will 
be reached. 

Production fell off only five per- 
centage points during the week- 
Paramount continues to lead the 
way, though it has one leps picture 
In the making than the previous 
week. Its ten films are "Canary 
Murdier Case," directed by M. St. 
Clair; "Shopworn Angel," by R. 
Wallace; "Sins of Fathers," by L. 
Berger, "Four Feathers," Cooper- 
Schbedsack; "Wolf of Wall Street," 
R. Lee; "Tong War," W. Wellman; 
"Wolf Song," V.Fleming; "Marquis 
■preferred," F, Tuttle. 

Warner Brothers took second 



There Is No Substitute for 



place, with eight pictures on tho 
way. These includie "Fancy Bag- 
gage," directed by J. Adolphi; 
"Madonna of Avenue A," by M. 
Curtiz; "Greyhound Limited," H. 
Bretherton; "Queen of Night 
Clubs," B.'Foy; "One Stolen Night," 
S. Dunlap; "Stolen Kisses," R. En- 
right; "Hardbolled Rose" H. 
Weight; "Frozen River," H. Weight. 

M-G-M, Fox, F. B. O. and First 
National each have six pictures in 
the making. M-G-M's. six are 
"Mysterious Island," directed by L. 
Hubbard; "Gold Braid," G. Hill; 
"Little Angel," R. Leonard; "Nize 
Baby," H. Henley; "Adrlenne," F. 
Niblo; "Broadway Melody," H. 
Beaumont. Fox has . "Husbands 
Are Liars," directed by R. Cannon; 
"Veiled Lady," E. Flynn; "Our 
Daily Bread," F. W. Murnau; "Tak- 
ing a Chance," N. McLeod; "Cap- 
tain Lash." J. Blystone; "Street 
Fair," B. Howard. F. B. O. has in 
the works "Hard Boiled," R, Ince; 
"Outlawed," E. Forde; "One Man 
Dog," L. D'Usseau; "Jazz Age," L, 
Shores; "Amazing Vagabond," W 
Fox; "Love In the Desert," O 



Meldford. At PirBt National are 
"Synthetic Sin." directed by W. 
Seiter; "Scarlet Beas," J. F. Dillon; 
"Rltay Roaie," M, '1^^' "^^°^% 
tlon," F. Lloyd; •'ChanKllng,"^ G. 
Fltzmaurlce; ^'LawlcBB Legion, H. 
J. Bfown. 

Three each make up the gilst at 
Universal, Metropolitan and United 
Artists. The three at the U ,aro 
"Cohens andKellys at AUantlc City, 
directed by W. Croft; "Show Boat 
by H. Pollard: "Clear the Deck, J. 
Henaberry; at Metropolitan. Harold 



First Division Merges Commonwealth 
In General Retrenchment Move 



First Division Distributors of 
which Harry Thomas Is head, has 
Henaberry; at «ie.™p«x»»... , taken over the Commonwealth Film 

Lloy^^s SJtitled feature, directed by Exchange and merged the two of- 
T Wilde* "Linda" (C. Broughton). fices under the First Division name. 
Mrs. d/ Reld; ••Hell's Angels" | rj^he deal Is an aftermath to the 
(Caddo), H. Hyghes. At United 
Artists. •'King of the Mountains, 
Lubitsch; "Iron Mask," A; Dwan; 
"Rescue," H. Brenon. 

Fathe, Tiffany and Columbia arp 
grinding on two each. Pathe has 
In work '"Geraldine." directed by M. 
Brown, and "Shady Lady," E. H. 
Griffith. T-S has "Spirit of Youth " 
W. Lane; ''New Orleans," R. 
Barker. Shooting at Columbia are 



Fox-Roxy Uptown Suit 
Foreclosure for $225;000 



"Apache," P. Rosen; 



Daughter," A. Rogell. 

Studios working one picture eacn 
are Charles Chaplin's and Tec-Art 
Shorts are being made by Univer- 
sal, six; Fox, two; Warner Brothers, 
three; Roach, one; Dally, one; Cal- 
Art, two. 



The failure of the Havemeyer 
•rime Wolf '8 I Construction Co. to erect the new 




This tabk shows a nummary of weekly studio activity for the 
past 33 weeks. Percentage of production is based on 106 
units working at 23 studios on the Coast, determined 
hy the average normal working condition! : 
during the yeaT'1927: 



studios 



Week 
Feb. 22 , 
Feb. 29 . 
March 7 
March 14. 
March 21 
March 28 
April 4 

April 11 .......... 

April 18 ........... 

April 25 .......... 



STAGE-BAND 
ENTERTAINMENT 

Ktaown M tbie 

"PAUL ASH POLICY 



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May 16 
May 23 
May 30 . 
June 6 . 
June 13 
June 20 
Jilne 27 
July 4 . 



July 31 , 
Aug. 7 
Aug. 14 
Aug. 21 
Aug. 28 
Sept. 4 
Sept. 11 
Sept. 18 
Sept. 25 
Oct. 2 



• ••••••••• 



eatures 


Shorts 


Total 


Dark 


47 


.8 


SB 


« 


39 


f 


48 


12 


46 


14 


54 


9 


49 


. 16 


65 


7 


49 


15 


64 


8 


47 


17 


64 


S 


63 


17 


70 


s 


60 


19 


69 


8 


62 


17 


69 


8 


60 


17 


67 


8 


52 


16 


67 


T 


64 


17 


71 


4 


63 


20 


83 


8 


66 


21 


89 


s 


68 


24 


92 


• 


65 


S2 


97 


0 


77 


81 


108 




. 76 


31 


107 


t 


. 64 


SO 


94 


• 


. 66 


35 


81 


t 


. 64 


24 


88 


8 


. 62 


24 


8< 


1 


. 6f 


21 


77 


1 


. 59 


21 


80 


8 


. 72 


20 


92 


8 


. 61 


20 


81 


2 


. 69 


16 


76 


8 


. 57 


12 


69 


8 


. 61 


11 


62 


8 


. 49 


10 


58 


1 




16 


TS 


8 


. 64 


15 


TS 


8 


. 69 


16 


T4 


4 



Pet. 
.52 
.45 
.61 
.«1 
.60 
.60 
.6(5 
.65 
.65 
.62 
.62 
.67 
.77 
.64 
.87 
.80 
1.01 
l.Ol 
.89 
.78 
.83 
.81 
.72 
.75 
.37 
.76 
.70 
.65 
.68 
.56 
.70 
.74 
.69 



I Fox-Roxy Uptown at 75th street 
1 and Broadway to Amsterdam ave- 
i nue. New York, is the basis of a 
foreclosure suit by Uptown Play- 
house, Inc. (Fox subsidiary) and for 
the recovery of $225,000. Of this 
amovmt $200,000 was deposited in 
cash, in lieu of the equivalent in the 
Roxy Circuit, Inc., and $25,000 orig- 
inally deposited by Herbert Lubin 
on Jan. 6. 1927, when Lubin con- 
tracted with Havemeyer Co. for the 
1 theatre. 

The total cost was to be $300,000. 
I payable in four $25,000 installments 
on the execution of contract; laying 
of the foundation; completion of 
steel work; and. completion of 
plaster work. 

Lubin, who, with A.rthur H. Saw- 
I yer, was one of the original build 
ers of the Roxy, assigned his con- 
tract to Uptown Playhoiise, Inc., a;nd 
Ithe latter is suing on the allegation 
the theatre was to haye been com- 
pleted by' last March from g?lans 
which Walter W. Ahlschlager, the 
architect of the Roxy, was to pi^ 
( pare. 

Publix 8 Chi Weeks 



Chicago, Oct. 2. 
Addition of the Paradise and 
Tower, and 'dropping of' the Sen- 
ate, has brought about a changed 
I local routing for B. & K, units pro- 
duced at the Oriental, as follows: 
Oriental, Paradise, Norshore, Hard- 
I ing and Tower". 

Eastern Publix units routed into 
:B. & K. houses here play the Chl- 
1 cago. Uptown and Tivoll consecu- 
tively. This totals eight weeks of 
Publix unit time In Chicago. 



retrenchment policy adopted by 
Excellent Pictures. The latter flrni 
is a producer but with Sam Zlerler, 
Sain Young and' other principle 
stockholders also In on Common- 
wealth which distributed Excellent 
product In the New York district. 
The exchange Is reported to hay© 
dropped $150,000 last year through 
carrying a $2,600 weekly overhead 
and failing to close with any large 
circuit although reported doing 
good independent business. State 
right exchanges to break must do 
business with at least one theatre 
chain as a whole. 

Samuel Zlerler remains as presi- 
dent of Excellent Pictures and pro- 
duction will be resumed on the 
coast under the supervision of 
Harry Hoyt. Zlerler was scheduled 
to join Universal over two months 
ago as production manager. 

First Division will have tho rights 
to Excellent Pictures for the 
metropolitan territory.; 



Freddie 




AND 



Joe! 




ORIENTAL 
THEATRE 
CHICAGO 

Limited Engagement 

"EXCLESIVELT COI.CMBL\ 
BECOUDLNO ARTIST" 



CONSEIMAN WITH PATHE 

Los Angeles, Oct. 2, 
William Conselman, who, recently 
left Fox after two years of super- 
vising and writing, Is to supervise 
for Pathe. The first picture will 
be "Listen, Baby," featuring Eddie 
Quillani 

Conselman Is the first supervisor 
Paul Bern has added to the Pathe 
staff slnde he took charge. 



FIEE PREVENTION FILM 

In observance of Fire Prevention 

Week, October 7, 46 Loew theatres 

In Greater New York are playing 

"Thru tiie Ages." 

It's a one-rceler made by Castle 

Los Angeles, Oct, 2. 1 Films In co-operation with the Na- 

_ _ fl,^ „^«rv,ftf^^ wac, Ulonal Board of Fire Underwriters 
S. S. Millard, film promoter, was . 



S. i ffliHard Free 



JESSE CRAWFORD 
ORGAN CONCERT 

MRS. CRA WFORD at Stage Console 
Week of Sept, 29 

PARAMOUNT THEATRE 
NEW YORK 

"JEANNINE, I DREAM OF LILAC 

TIME" 

(Leo Feisty Inc.) 



released from custody in Los An 
geles, Sept. 27, when word was re- 
ceived that the $25,000 embezzle- 
ment charge filed against him in 
Chicago bad been dismissed by a 
Chicago judge. 

The charge was made by the U. 
S, Health Film Company, which 
claimed to have advanced Millard 
the money for making three pic- 
tures. , -' 

Millard had been free under a 
v$10,000 bond, following his arrest in 
Los Angeles, but on Sept. 26, was 
taken Into custody on a fugitive 
warrant from Chicago. 



Dialog for "Erik" 

Los Ane^els, Oct. 2 
Walter Anthony is writing dialog 
for Universal's "Erik tho Great," 
directed by Paul Fejos. Tale is of 
modern magician. 



Still Publixing 

EVERYWHERE A HIT 

TABIIDK" 8AJ1J ••i.^i, cHICAOO 

"These boys have devclopca acro- 
batic legwork to sensational propor- 
tions. They start as comedy dancer^, 
later losing their funny clothes to get 
serious and excellent. Forced into • 
speech.'* 

"Smith and Hadley, two male 
dancers, deserve headline billing- ror 
exoelleiit footwork." 

8KATTI.B "TIMES" SAID: 
° ■ 8KATTI.B THEATBB 

"Two boys who Just about dlB- 
rut>ted tho program schedule yester- 
day were Smith and Hadley, expo- 
1 nents of difficult, graceful and comi- 
cal dance steps." 

SAN FRANCISCO "NEWS" SAID: 

GBANAUA THEATBE 

"One of tho most clever dancing 
teams that has been here In weeks Is 
Smith and Hadley. After doing some 
'rube* Bturf' they execute 'some really 
dimcult steps." 

OMAUA "BEE-NEWS" SAID: 

KIVIEBA THEATRE 

"When It comes to dance antics. 
Smith and Hadley need retire for 
hone." 

WEEK OF OCT. 2 
HOWARD, ATLANTA 

Regards to 
MAX TURNER 
JERRY CARGILL 





PUBLIX UNIT 
NOW 



Hitting on All 

Four at 
MINNESOTA, 
MINNEAPOLIS 



Direction 
WM. MORRIS OFFICE 



Shea of Buffalo Asks 
Various Protection Period 

Shea-Publix operating two down- 
town theatre* and three neighbor- 
hood houses In Buffalo, Is under- 
stood to be asking 10 days' protec- 
tion following the downtown run, 
seven days additional upon the en- 
tire cast side ot Buffalo, and from 
10 to 90 days additional against 
certain designated tiieatres classed 
as opposition by the Shea-Pdbllx 
officials. 

In instanceis where the SO-day 
protection applies the Shea people 
automatically acquire 127 days com- 
plete protection. 



EXCEIIiENT BEOBGANIZED 

Los Angeles, Oct. 2. 

Sam Zlerler has reorganized and 
refinanced Excellent Pictures com- 
pany. He win start production on 
the coaat In about 10 days. 

Just who will make these pictures 
for Excellent Is not yet determined 
aa a number of Independent opera 
tors her* claim to hold contract* 
wltk llM Excellent eoocera. 



FANCHON 

.MARCO IDEAS 

In All West Coast Theatres, 
Inc., De Luxe Picture Houses 
and Every One of the The^ 
atres Showing a Healthy 
Weekly Profit 



Booked to MARKS BROS. Theatres, 
Chicago, By GLENN C. BURT 



Thanks, 
Benny 
Meroff 




And Thank 
You, 
Murray 



The Ram Rrutnmel 



Wednesday, October 3, 1928 



VARIETY 



15 



ANOTHER 'WHISPERING CAMPAIGN ' 



I 



It's***- 





»M G-M'$ ^ot- the bigafcSt sound 
opera-%hife Shadows." Receipts 
beat "fli5 Parade "and "8en-Hur." 




"3r A 




Wter all'/ts the pictures 
ain't it/ MC^'M knows its 




^'Now they ye (jot Cecil deMilit - 
V/aor, Cruze, Niblo, Btown- al1 
Road Show directors ^ 




i^^Sijf^f^ too ' 



too / 4f 



D 



Hoftama'^- 



THE 




''''75J<?/ sov m "Be/lamy 
Trial II is the tafsf 
What a line-up ! 

(Let's a dfink .') " 




TALK OF THE INDUSTRY 



LON CHANEY— JOHN GILBERT— WILLIAM HAINES— MARION DAVIES— GRETA GARBQ 
RAMON NOVARRO-NORM A SHEARER^^ 

CODY-PRINGLE— TIM McCOY— JOAN CRAWFORD— OUR GANG— LAUREL-HARDY, etc. 



WEVGS 




Sound or silent, rolling up unheard of grosses wherever 
U p^ys! On itJ reeo4 THE GREATEST PICTURE 
ATTRACTION EVER RELEASED. A Paramount Picture. 



T ▼ 



THE 



In seventh week of S. R. 0. business at Rialto, N. Y. 
Jannings-Lubitsch masterpiece success everywhere and 
hailed as THE PERFECT PICTURE. A Paramount Picture. 




•*The Fleet's In!" ClaraBow, topping even "It" figures. 
Bancroft -Von Sternberg hit "Docks of New York" 
breaks Paramount Theatre record by $7,000! 



aod now 




^^^o years in the making, now Erich von Stro- 

heim's brilliant successor to "The Merry Widow" 
is offered to exhibitors. Available silent or with 
magnificent isymphonic accompaniment. 
Technicolor sequences. A Paramount Picture. 



PARAMOUNT »S GREATEST YEAR J 



Wednesday, October 3, 1928 



FILM REVIEWS 



VARIETY 



17 



Talking Shorts 



FOX MOVIETONE NEWS 
12 Mins.; 9 Clips 
Week Sept. 29 
6trand, New York 

Lots of action in thlSt establishing 
it as one of the . snappiest sound 
newsreels ever turned out. 

Of tVie nine shots five are short 
glimpses of major college football 
squads in action. Differing: . methods 
of coaches are illustrated by action, 
with «ach shot , Includingr another 
exercise. Some thrillingr scrimmage 
worlc by the Yale squad and the 
noise that goes with it.'Real comedy 
In the Dartmouth men's Jigging and 
postures (limbering . up) to har- 
monica accompaniment a.nd yells 
front the instructor. Knee drops, 
made easier by pairs clasping hands, 
may be. excellent for working, out 
candidates but it sure looks funny 
on the screen.. 

Also full of zip and closing this 
i)lt is the rodeo at Pendleton, Ore. 
One sensational shot follows a 
tight-strapped brorik for yards after 
the ridier had been thrown. ;, 

Opener is of the Breamer games 
In Scotland . Idth Britain's king and 
queen attending. Xiater pictured is 
an oil well blaze in California. Hiss- 
ing of the burnl^ig oil is recorded. 

Louisville colored Jazz band had 
one member producing rhythm by 
giving the bird into the mouth of. 
a jug. It hnishes with less comedy 
than it starts, classing the shot 
below anything elae in the reeli 

To anyone hearing and seeing 
these .football maneuvers, the silent 
shots of days gone by must seem 
deaf, dumb and blind. What the 
boys with the sound boxes attached 
to their cameraJs will do with the 
real games this fall can be 
imagined. Biofi. 



Six Months at Coconut 
Grove, Ambassador Hptel, 
Los Angeles, Cal. 

^. JOHN 

FREDERICK 

and 

MARIAN 

DABNEY 

DeLUXE DANCING TEAM 

Now Touring Publix 
Circuit of Theatres 

Direction WULLIAM MOBBIS 
Chicago OfflM 



Michigan Vaiide Mgrs. Ass'n 
Charlie MACK 

Booking the most extensive circuit 
of vaudevlUa and presentation the- 
atres between New York and Chicago 

' Michigan Theatrei Bidg. 

DETROIT 

standard Acts, Write or Wire 



HELENE HUGHES 
ROY SMOOT 

J''enturcd ivith 
FANCIION and HABCO 




West Coast 
Theatre 

Long Beach 
Cal. 



BILLY SNYDER 

THE JUVENILE PRINCE 

_ noiNo TnviR IN 
FANCHON and MARCO'S 

"IIAX" IDEA. 
Week Sept. 88 
_ I^w'h Stftto, Los Angeles 
~DlrooUon-=.WM.-MOKU18 A<JENer- 



VINCE SILK 

3d Year With West Coast as 
Master of Ceremonies 

Now 

COI-DION G.\TK xnF.ATRE. I,. A. 

Thank.s to Fanchon and Marco 



"HOW'S YOUR STOCK." 
VITAPHONE NO, 2,660. 
9 Mins. 

Strand, Yonkers, N. Y. 

Timely satire on public mania tor 
gambling in the stock market, gag 
ged up in the movie manner by 
Murray Roth and Bryan Foy, Seven 
or eight Vita stock players in cast. 

Hard working comedy that de- 
feats itself by too much striving 
for laughs, 

Living room set. with ticker In 
middle. Husband is reading quota- 
tions on Acme Aeroplane on which 
the family fortune Is at stake. It 
goes from 76 to 25 while wl£o. up- 
braids husband .for wrecking the 
family. p 

Meantime parlor maid., i?, sum- 
moned on household business, gets 
absorbed in the ticker, learns she 
has won. a fortune and quits the 
job. Cook does the same thing.- 
Burglars enter and blow safe with- 
out dlstra,ctlnB husband from tape,' 
Cracksmen- ajso interested in quo- 
tations and, learning they have 
wan fortune, depart to "go 
straight," 

While Acme Aero crashes, prices 
boom in supposed worthless oil 
stock held by husband's father. 

While they're all looking for cer- 
tificate, view dissolves and husband 
is ribbon clerk, aslieep at his coun- 
ter while irate woman customer Is 
trying to get some service. She 
calls floorwalker and clerk is fired 
for a tag line when floor walker in 
manner of "nanc6" bawls out clerk. 

Rush. 



REINALD WERRENRATH: 
VITAPHONE No. 36i, 
8 Mins. " 

Strand, Yonkers, N. Y. 

One of the best class concert rec- 
ords Vitaphone has produced. The 
baritone sings two familiar num- 
bers, but how he sings them! Ar- 
rangement :ls utterly sirtiple and 
unadorned and has an attractive 
artlessness about it. Salon set with 
piano and accompanist. 

Werrenrath leans against the in- 
strument and without prelude be- 
gins "Mandalay." "Duna," the 
plaint of an old salt, is a compan- 
ion piece, the two num'bers round- 
ing out a highly satisfying inter- 
lude. Outstanding merit of the item 
is the fact that the mechanicals are 
able to reproduce on screen and disk 
that something that makes the ex- 
ceptional artist and , arq» able to 
convey It to the audience. 

The Werrenrath record was one 
of three on this bill. Other two 
were a vaudeville specialty and a 
comedy talking sketch. The Wer- 
renrath number was the only one 
that drew audible response. Re- 
production Is flawless in tone and 
whole record is worthy of place in 
any program, with special appeal 
to class audiences. Rush. 



HURLEY, PUTNAM and SNELL. 
VITAPHONE No. 2180. 
Piano and Songs; 
7 Minutes. 
Clinton, New York. 

Singing trio, prolsably with a lo- 
cal rep on tlie coast. They look 
well in blue coats and white flan- 
nels and warble a group of pop 
numbers, Indicating record was 
made some time^ ago. Pair for a 
short bilif. ' 

Opening with a slow ballad, "One 
Summer Night," as a double, with 
the piano in focus but the pianist 
out of the shot. Duo then swing 
into "I Wonder Wliat Will William 
Tell,", old comedy standby .for this 
type of act in vaude. . 

Piani.st does, a regulation piano 
solo while other two boys are mak- 
ing a change, which consists of ad- 
justing bandanas for a wop comedy 
ditty "Pastifasula." This final num- 
ber was done with gestures? that 
.seem more or less mechanical to 
the boys, who look like cabaret 
floor workers. 



BROX SISTERS 

UNIVERSAL ^. 

Songs 

5 Minutes 

Colony, New York 

--^BrD'x^""Si s tersr-t hr ee^s i ng In gr "and 
another girl accompanying on the 
piano, are from vaudeville. They 
rate an early spot on small time 
vaudeville bills hardly suitable for 
competition with the type of ma- 
terial used In talking shorts at the 
prosent time. 

Deliver a few vocal number.s as a 
trio and bow off to light returns. 
Rocor^ding did not sound good and 
photography also off. Mori. 



SHAW and LEE (3) 
VITAPHONEj No.#86; 
9 Mins.; Comedy, 
Winter Garden, New York 

Thi.s is an old standard vaud? 
act. Opening at the Winter Garden 
with "The Singing Fool" tiiis num 
bct^, spotted second on a four-act 
Vitaphone program, was spontane- 
ously greeted as a domedy offering, 
It created a riot, but it got plenty 
of laughs without loss oif time or 
weakening of the routine. 

The boys sing' several nut Comedy 
lyrics, accompanied by ait Invislbl"? 
pianist. They appear in brown der- 
bies and tight suits a la tintype. 
The wooden face ' delivery is excel- 
lent and general . entertainment 
valtie gives It a rating for the top 
picture liouses. 

Some of the gags cotild stand im - 
provement. The team is a bet for 
future. Mori , 



THE FLEET'S-IN 

(SOUND) 

Paramount sound production and release. 
Starring Clara Bow; James Hall featured. - 
Directed by Malcolm St. Clair. Story and 
scenario ' by Monte Brlco aiid J. Walter 
Ruben, Titles by Georpe Marlon. At Par- 
amount. New York, week Sept. 20. . Run- 
ning time, .75 minutes. 

Trl.\le Deane Clara Bow 

Kidle BrJerga... ....Jame;) Hall 

^e.nrchliKht Doyle. .......... ..^ . Jack Oakle 

Al Pearce.^.... :Eddle Dunn 

Betty, v Jea.n - Lavorty 

Double-Duty Duffy. ..,..Dan Wplhelm 

Mrs. Deane ' ,. .Bodll' Rosing 

Judge Hartley. .Richard Carle 
Commandant . Joeepb GIrard 



As a picture for downtown de luxe 
houses with other entertainment, 
very good. Plus Clara Bow, a bright 
set of titles and Malcolm St. Clair's 
intelligent direction. With a so-so 
story to work on and Miss Bow to 
work with, St. Clair contributed that 
which the picture will he most noted 
for — speed. 

James Hall is . relegated by script 
to a half-way William Haines as. a 
wise-cracking, fast- working guy. 
Also, "Fleet's In" follows the theme 



of most Ilalnes pictures, that of the 
egotistical flip who tries to make 
the questionable but, hard-to-got 
flap; repulsed, sore, 'repents, ex- 
plains "didn't know what kind of a 
girl you w^ere," reforms, and . pro- 
poses. 

Gob. or marine Or variations, but 
it's all the sumo. 

As a gob Hall shows more than 
probably ever before. He looks the 
part and, above 'all, looks good, 
which won't be overlooked j)y 
women. 

Miss Bow again plays a warm but 
virginal flapper. The way this mod- 
ern type of lass can take 'em, fake 
'em and shake 'em arid still retain 
her standing is. quite nifty, even for 
the screen's stories. 

Clara ts a "hostess/' a Frisco 
VtaxI" dance hall. She lives on 
dancing— -lOc per. It's clear she's a 
nice girl, crystallizing clear. No 
Job in the daytime, either. All nice 
girls in ballrooms hold jobs during 
the day and strut their creep Joint 
stuff at night for pin money. 

.Clara is known as "Peachy" to 
almost the entire navy. ' She Is seen 
welcoming thgi^'boys as they arrive 
Qh furlough. All the boys brought 
her presents . and she's carrying 
them home when Eddie (Hall) tries 
to make by offering assistance. He 
is advised to scram several times 
iand finally ' does, later meeting 
Peachy again at the dance hall. As 
the lights go out for a moment they 
accidentally become partners. And 
they finish by winning the cham- 
pionship cup, unaware they are in 
the contest. 

Still suffering, from lack of atten- 
tion, Eddie- frames with a sailor 
friend via coin to insult Peachy, so 
he can step in and rescue. Works, 
and Eddie takes her home, where 
the usual Insult occurs. The way 
Peachy obviously led . him on, he 
couldn't well be blamed, considering 
he's a sailor, Both fall in love. 
Peachy that night in spite . of the 
insult and Eddie the next morning 
while repenting. 

In an anti-climax Eddie gets into 
a free-for-all protecting Peachy, 
this time legit, and lands in th6 po- 
lice court. He Is convicted, but 



Peachy Jumps on., the stand and 
saves him. 

Canned musical score suitable and 
tuneful. Bige. 



WIN THAT GIRL 

(SOUND) 

F\)x production and release- feaiurltiff 
David Rollins and Sue Carol. Directed by 
David Butler. Adapted by John Stone 
from a story by' Jamea Hopper. C.imera- 
man. Glen MocWllllams. At the Roxy, 
N. Y., week ot Sept. 29. Running time, 
CI) mlnuteu. 

Johnny Norton, 3rd. ........ .David RolUnfl 

Gloria Havens /.....Sue Carol 

Larry Brawn, 8rd.... .Tom Elliott 

Johnny Nortpn, 2nd ^...Roqcoe Knrns 

I.arry Bruwn, lind I......OIin Franci* 

Johnny Norton, 1st. .Mack Fluker 

I.nrry Brawn, Ist., Sidney Bracey 

Cl.ira tJoM.tle.... ,....*onet MacLeod 

IS8.0 Girl ... i ... . . . ,• . . . . . . ; . Maxlnif Shelly 

ISKI5 .Girl. Betty Recklaw 



Extremely weak for the Roxy al- 
though a fair program picture for 
smaller communities where the high 
school is an important factor In 
the social life. It belongs to the 
cycle of Fox pictures which glorifies 
the American 16-year-old. "High 
School Hero" and "Air Circus" are 
examples of the same general type 
although possessing more merit 
than this release. 

Picture has been sounded and re- 
volves about football, two favor- 
able and timely factors that will 
have influence upon whatever box 
office success an essentifilly ordinary 
film achieves. Story Is wildly Im- 
possible with occasional touches of 
.slapstick. Football pictui-es have 
always been conspicuous abu.sers of 
dramatic license but this one exr 
tends the privilege to new lengths. 

David Rollins; a good looklnig but 
puny youth, ahd Sue Carol, a pretty 
child, are the leads and a portion 
of.-the fans may be able to take 
a love affair between them seriously. 
It's the Booth Tarkington Idea lack- 
ir this author's wit and pathos. 
Easily pleased folk will also find 
nothing dlfiicult about a plot that 
represents three generations of two 
different families devoting all their 

(Continued on page 23) 



Eastman Panchromatic 

Negatwe 




e 2 



A perfected, proved product 
for the cinematographer 

In developing it the Eastman Kodak 
Company has pursued its long estab- 
jlished policy of constantly helping to 
improve the motion pictu re art. In 
presenting- it to the trade it maintains 
its undisputed forty-year supremacy. 



EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY 

ROCHESTER, N. Y. 



Wednesday, October 3, 1928 



i 




$1,000,000 is the sum appropriated to 
blanket the ent^^ in Warner 

Bros, unparalleleci newspaper campa^^^^^ 
The merits of Warner stars, productions, 
and Vitaphone are decisively explained in 
full page ads in 125 leading dailies! 

This is showmanship at its smashing 
peak ! We're behind the exhibitor, so th^ 
exhibitor can make every special Warner 
Winner and Road Show a record- 
smasher! Our pictures have dynamic 
drawing power as they stand! This spec- 
tacular campaign raises them to a peak 
where the public will see nothing but 
Warner }3ros. productions and Vitaphone. 



■ This is not all ! • Warner Bros. Vita- 
phone Jubilee Hour, broadcast every 
Monday evening through the Columbia 
Broadcasting System, provides a coast-to- 
Goast hook-up I Tune in on the f ourth of 
the 26 Warner programs next Monday, at 
9:30 p. m, and hear how we create a de- 
mand for the Warner pictures you are 
going to play! Then tune in on profits! 

In December, v\ e start an intensive na- 
tional campaign in all fan magazines. 
The class fan periodicals, read by mil- 
lions, will blazon forth with striking 
}Varner ads — provocative box-office 
pioneers ! ' " ' ' " ' ' ' " " ■'; - - • ■■ 



Wednesday, October 3/1928 



19 



as an 







EAD OFF WITH THESE 



PHENOMENAL SPECIALS 
NOW MAKINa MOVIE 
HISTORY 

THE SINGING FOOL 
'LIGHTS OF NEW YORK 
THE HOME TOWNERS 
THE TERROR'* 
THE JAZZ SINGER" 
TENDERLOIN 



THE LION AND THE MOUSE" 
'GLORIOUS BETSY" 

^VERY ONE IS A BANK 
BOOK NATURAL 1 



90 



VARIETY 



Phonograph Discs Used for 'Sound/ 
And Savoy, N. Y., Raises Scale to 35c 



p I c T u R E s 

Court Wants Assurance 
In Ascher House Return 



Wednesday, October 3, 1928 



Emblazoned with a large aign 

announcing ' "sounci pictures" and 

"fully synchronized mysical Bcore," 
tho Savoy theatre, off Broadway on 
34th street, is using a phonograph 
of tlie auditorium type. 

Looks like a typical Instance of 
Bniall picture, hbuscs ballyhbolng 
nothing in particular and giving Im- 
pression house is wii'cd for talking 
pictures. 

As near as could be judged three 
Accords were used, these alternating. 
Music was of a neutral quiet nature, 
wlfch little connection with the 
sci-ecn action. 

Immediately pi-eceding the feature 
was a song slide period. Record 
was recognizable as • Helen Kane 
singing "That's My Weakness 
Now." Slides changed from booth 
by operator. L.yrlcs got laughs from 
audience. 

Trouble of some sort developed 
prior to the song slides, about five 
minutes elapsing in silence. The 
. main title of the song slides stiarted 
to crack from heat. 

An employee stated admission 
scale had - been raised from 26 to 
35 cents since the advent of "abund." 
Business aboiit the same. 

Organist is still oh duty for news- 
reel and shorts. 



BROOKS TRIO 

SINGING BANJOISTS 

Now with 
FANCHON and MARCO'S 
"UP IN THE AIR" IDEA 



J 



NEW HOTEL ANNAPOLIS 




WnaidnvUm. D. O. 
SlHRle. §17.60 
Doable. t28.0« 

11^12 and H St*. 

la the Heart ot 
Theatre Dlatrlot 



Loew's Honest Ads 



Syracuse, N. T., Oct, 2. 
In advertising "The CaJnera- 
mau" for Loew'B State here 
(wired) the advertising stressed 
a line reading: • 
. Presented without sound. 



RORIDA IS IN 
FOR BAD SEASON 



Jack.gonvllle, Fla., Oct. 2. 
Theatre business In Florida is ex- 
pected to be at Its worst In three 

seaisons from effects of floods and 
hurricanes in the south. 

Practically all Independent houses 
from Fort Lauderdale to West 
Palm Beach, inland, are badly dam- 
aged or totally destroyel, with most 
seeing little prospect ot reopening 
this year. 

From Jax to Miami and over to 
Tampa execs are singing the blues. 

The 2,300-seat Florida theatre, 
Jacksonville, though not damaged, 
gave notice to the entire staff this 
week. No announcement of dosing 
was made prior to official notice, 
but It followed a reported refusal 
by the Florida's orchestra to trans- 
fer to the Arcade, firhere the Peni- 
chl Players (stock) open this week. 
The request for musicians to move; 
from reports, is part of a program 
to turn the Florida into a straight 
(sound) film house. 

The "Journal," afternoon daily, 
has started agitation for retention 
of the orchestra members. The mu- 
sicians claim their contract can be 
canceled only upon complete clos- 
ing of the house. 



Chicago, Oct. 2, 

A committee representing 80 per 
cent of the organized' creditors of 
the Ascher Circuit , of picture 
houses, formerly operated by Nate 
and Max Ascher. and how held in 
receivership by the Chicago Title 
& Trust Company, appeared before 
Federal Judge Evans with a plea to 
have the theatres removed from 
bankruptcy and placed under the 
general management of Nate As- 
cher. The confimlttee claimed that 
with Ascher again in charge the 
creditors would stand a chance of 
realizing 100 cents. 

Judge Evans withheld decision, 
asking the committee to appeiir be- 
fore him later showing substantial 
evidence that they are well organ- 
ized and fully able to co-operate 
with Ascher In operating the 
houses. 

The obstacle in th<& way of any 
agreement between creditors, the 
court and the Chicago Title & Trust 
Coihpany is the disposal of the liens 
and mortgages on the theatre prop- 
erties. William Fox, holding $500,- 
000 worth of stock, is . opposed to 
resumption of the Ascher regime, 
figuring the Fox Interests would not 
be protected. Chester Davis, rep- 
resenting the C. T. & T.,, also op- 
poses the move In the interests of 
lease and mortgage holders. 

Nate and Max Ascher were re- 



Warners Discontinue Silent Films; 
Talkers Only, With 1st Natl Addition 



200 S9ent Houses Quit 



It is estimated that over 200 
picture theatres, mostly in 
iieighbprhoods, flaying silent 
l)icture3, have closed -within 
the past two months. 

.All sections have witnessed 
the closings. Mostly account- 
ed for by the neighbors gblng 
downtown to see and hear the 
talking pictures. 



ported In "Variety last week as . In- 
terviewing creditors In ah attempt 
to reach a carrying agreement In 
case they could get the theatres 
back. It la also reported they ap- 
peared personally before Federal 
Judgie Wllkerson with a plea to re- 
sume control of the houses, but re- 
ceived an indefinite answer. 



Louis Gardy, former Tllalto-R}- 
yoll- publicity man, has left Sara:nac 
.after two years and Is resting at 
Oradell, N. J. His Cheese Club 
friends are planning a midnight 
testimonial. 



Bristolphone s Clash With W. £.; 
May Soon Arrive at Earle, Wash. 



Gotham-Brlstolphone is one talker 
company that is expecting Western 
Electric to give its apparatus a 
close once-bver within a couple of 
weeks.. Then the device will be in- 
stalled in Brylawski's Earle, Wash- 
ington. 

This win be the flrst of the inde- 
pendent talker wiring and may be 
the test case on, the subject of In- 
terchangeablllty, about which West- 



ern now expresses complete ignor- 
ance. 

In addition to Brylawsky's theatre 
the Bristolphone people claim they 
have contracts sighed for 600 more 
theatres. 

If their device infringes it is their 
plan to piiy for a license. If they 
find they can't pay, then the little 
subject of restraint, of trade Is in- 
timated. 



It is reported Warner Brothers 
will not produce any more silent 
pictures, unless the d,uplicated neg- 
a,llve of sound pictures, intended 
for theati-es not equipped with 
Movietone or Vitaphone, can be 
placed in that category. 

At present, it is understood, this, 
schedule is in force and is .said to 
have been decided on prior, to the 
Warner Brothers-First National 
deal. It Is not established whether 
this program would have been car- 
ried through without First National. 

According to understanding, the 
tentative or perhaps final deal be- 
tween Warner Brothei-s and First 
National provides that all Fir.st Na- 
tional pictures for the coming sea- 
son, either finished and waiting for 
the final O. K. or to be produced^ 
will be Vltaphoned at the Warner 
studios in !Hollywood, Those First 
National productions already made, 
it is reported,, will be Synchronized 
ajid dialoged wherever possible. 

For thei present, according to all 
reports, Warners will preserve the 
identity of First v National as a 
separate organization, but a shake- 
up in the ranks of the latter seems 
likely soon. If it does not com© 
Immediately. 



HERNIE KING 

Musical Master of Ceremonies 

Direotlon Fancbon and Marco 

Fifth Ave. Theatre, Seattle 



O ABr EN A 

DIAMOND 

CDANCINO HAKPIST BOTJIEME) 
Featured, with 
Fanehoii and Haroo'a "RIVER" Idea 
New Xoew'ii State, Ixib Angeles 
Direction; 
l^alter Meyers, of Wm. Morris Ageacy 



BEFORE LEAVING FOR EUROPEAN TOUR 

JACKIE COOGAN 



AND HIS 



DAD 



Tf 



(JACK COOGAN, SR.) 

WISH TO THANK 



The Entire Staff » of the 

BALABAN & KATZ THEATRES 
JOHN H. KUNSKY 

PUBLIX THEATRES, INC. 

ALSO 

FANCHON AND MARCO 
BENNY RUBIN 

WILL ROGERS 



SKOURAS BROS. 
SHEA'S BUFFALO 



CARTER DE HAVEN 
HUGH HERBERT 



For Courtesies Extended Daring Recent Tour 

AMERICAN AND EUROPEAN TOURS 



A. L. BERNSTEIN 
Personal Representative for 
JACKIE COOGAN 



Arranged by 
WM. MORRIS AGENCY (WM. MORRIS, JR.) 



OPENING IN 
NICE, FRANCE 
OCTOBER 19 



Weanesday, October 3, 1028 



VARIETY 



Smash Hit 

EVERYWHERE! 



William Ij baton 



"frefCHtt 



11 



:55S: /I 



21 



FBO's 

First Daring Venture into 
Sensational Flash Musi- 
cal Comedy Sequence- 
Prologue and Epilogue— 
in SOUND and DIA- 
LOGUE 



"WORTHY $2.00 
RUN ANYWHERE" 

Wires Sure-fire Al Gottesman, 
of tRe Garde Theatre, New 
London, Conn. 

SWEEPING THE NATION! 
BLASTING RECORDS! 
BRINGING NEW LIFE! 
OPENING NEW VISTAS TO 
UNDREAMT PROFITS! 




GERTRUDE OLMSTEAD 

Gertrude Astor Daphne Pollard 
A RALPH INCE PRODUCTION 



WATCH FOR FBO's SENSATIONAL 100% TALKER! 



/ 



**Best talker feature yet achieved/' 

— ^A^. y. Dailv Mirror 

"Unprecedented crowds." 

—N. Y. Eoe. Graphic 

"Customers applauded extensively." 

_-A^. y. Sun 

*'Grippinff. You can detect Fe jos* genius. 

■ — N. y. Eye. World 

"Excellent entertainment." 

—N. Y. Telegraph 

"Tells a story with unusual brilliance." 

— N. Y. Eoe. Post 





starring 



GLENN TRYON and BARBARA KENT 




^e^ ••d©^ ^^J® 
A x><^* t^® <:o>>** 



its name is nUE MELODY OF LOVE"- 
Voices give it the breath of life. 

It is the romantic story of love, life and laughter with soldiers and 
song for background— 

Alljdie cOiarMiteKspea^^ 

The performanceof every memberoftheexccUentcastwilldclighfyou.- 
Walter Pidgeon is the hero- Mildred Harris is the Loved One- 
Jane Winton is the girl he left behind him— 
Tom Dugan is Walter Pidgeon's comedy Buddy— 
Jack Richardson is the heavy-All give finished performances— 
All are convincing- AU are entertaining. 



Wednesday,. October 3, 1928 



FILM REVIEWS 



WIN THAT GIRL 



(Continued from page 17) 

time to proclucing football players 
for the aole purpose of defeating 
tlip other. 

Opening caption stiites that Amer- 
icans sottled down after the Civil 
War to enjoy a period of peace but 
shortly thereafter football was In- 
vented. Football of the ,80's, the 
game in 1905, and finally in 1928 is 
the blueprint of the narrative. Gags 
fill In the footage. 

Synchronization adds little al- 
though the Roxy Is a dinicult test. 
Production Is okay except for pho- 
tography which seemed foggy at 
times. This might be due to am- 
pereage or projection causes but 
seems inherent in film. '"Win That 
Girl" is a moderate among the mod- 
•ra,to. Land. 



Three Ring Marriage 

Produced and released by Flrat National. 
Directed by Marshal Nellan. Titles by 
Garrett Graham. Adapted by Harvey Thew 
from story by Dixie Wilson. In cast: Mury 
Astor, Ijloyd Hughes. Howard Truesdalp, 
Alice White, At. Loew's Circle, one day, 
Sept, 21. Runnlnir time, about G5 minutes. 



led off by ranch atmosphere to give 
It western classification, "Three 
Ring Marriage" has 3, society drama 
finla. Cowboy wins hl» cowgirl and 
socks the go-between circus man- 
ager in an elaborate hotel suite 
Weak story, with good names mis- 
cast. Okay on double feature or 
alone in houses of don't care policy. 
. Picture has earmarks of being 
made when Alice White was a bit 
player, and while Mickey Neilan and 
Mary Astor were in between their 
regular work. 

Mary too delicate type to be con- 
vincing in saddle rolei Alice okay as 
roughneck circus performer doing 
her vamp stuff, . 



THE NIGHT BIRD 

_Unlvor3l prductlon and release. Starring 
Reginald Denny,. Directed by Fred Ncw- 
meyer. In coat: Betsey Lee; Sam Hardy, 
Harvey Clark,- Corliss Palmer. No other 
screen credits. At Keith's Hippodrome, 
i^ow York, vtre* Sept. 30. Running time, 
lO minutes, ■ 



With a lot of stock circus shots, 




Always 
Playing 
Opposition 
to Somebody 

"Charles Althoff, 
the Yankee Fid-: 
dler, is the laugh- 
wow of the Or- 
pheum show. This 
man Althoff is 
clever, etc., etc." 
S. P. "Examiner." 

"VARIETY" 

"As perfect a 
characte r i z a t i o n 
as was ever por- 
t r a y e d on any 
stage." 



Addren Care J«rry Ctrglil. >S60 Broadway, N. Y. 




While this is light matter-of-Ut 
tie-fact enteilainment, based upon 
but a dim story outline, there are 
some conventional situations which 
will rate applause in the grinds and 
laughs in the others. 

Reginald Denny has an a la Tun 
ney i-ole, highbrow, disUker of night 
life and the prize ring. When the 
promoter decides color Is necessary 
for the championship battle, he lugs 
his battler into a spacious apart- 
ment and night clubs. Fleeing this, 
the battler comes upon a pretty, 
but bruised foreign dame in the 
park. That is the excuse for a ro- 
mance even peculiar for the screen 
and rather a flat one, despite the 
"originality." 

When the b.attler discovers he 
really loves the no-spika English 
lady, she pops back to her old man 
and the horse whip. 

On the night of the biff battle and 
while the champ is taking a part 
of the count because of the absence 
of his "loved one, she Is resisting 
papa and getting a sound trounc- 
ing. The audience's mentality will 
decide whether tears or laughs will 
be the order of the evening at this 
point. 

A half-grown bambino manages 
to squirm through the cops and get 
to the ropes in time to whisper the 
word to the disheartened champ 
Then action. The challenger is put 
away in the twinkling of an eye 
and the. champ, in his fighting togs 
— not even the bathrobe — jumps a 
cab with the kid, socks right and 
left, until the avaricous papa takes 
a physical roll and strong arms 
clamp the little darling forever. 

Denny hias done much better, 
when handed better stories. 




HIT! 



AT LOEW'S WARFIELD, SAN FRANCISCO 

Greatest Box-Office Record for All Time 



WEST COAST SERVICE CORPORATrON 

Gtneral Offlcei flan FranelsoO'OfncM . ForUand OfDeea- Seattle OfRcei 

WMlJngton at Vermont At*. Gmnnrta Thontro nidg. Liberty Theatre Itldf. 671 Skinner Bldg. 
loi Aiwoles. Calif. Son Francisco, Calif. Portland, Ore. SoatUe, Waflh. 

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. 
IX>EW'8 WABFTELn TMKATRB 

Sept, 23, 1928. 

Mr. Bobby Agnew, 

Fanclion & Marco's "Violin Voyage" Idea, 
Loew's Warfleld Theatre, 
San Francisco, Calif. 

My Dear Mr. Agnew: 

It may Interest you to know that during your current ^ 

engagement at Loew's Warfleld all attendance 

records in the^histpi^^ 

Although we have no definite way of knowing, there is 
no doubt that your presenec on the bill was largely 
responsible for this marvelous business. 

I want to take this opportunity of expressing to you our . 
appreciation and hearty congratulations for your 
ability, to draw at the box oflice. 

It was a real pleasure to have you with us. Our only . 
regret is that your engagement Is limited to. a single, 
week. Fanchon & Marco are to be congratulated for 
giving to us the opportunity to present a real star to 
our discriminating patrons. 

With kindest regards and best wislies. 




Lou Golden, 
Manager, 

Loew'a Warfiold Theulre, 



VARIETY 



23 



GALLANT HUSSAR 

(ANGLO-HUNGARIAN MADE) 

Produced by Oal>uiborou«l| Pictures. 
DlHtributod In the U. K. by W. A F. 
Kllms, Directed by Qeorv M. .Bolvary. 
I'lroiojfraphy by Eduard Hoeach and Bruno 
Tlmni. Adapted from original atory by 
Margarete Langen and Arthur Uaidos. 
Censors' CortUlcate "U." Pre-vlewed ut 
London Hippodrome, Sept. 1*. 'Runninc 
time, 80 ' minutes, 

Llout. Stephen Alrlk Ivor Novello 

Mary Wcntworth ...Evelyn Holt 

Bubenylk , Ernat Verebes 

Katy Ibolya ' Szckely 

Mr. . Qcks. . J^ullu« Von Szotegbt 



Bobby Agnew 

SCREENLAND'S SMILING JUVENILE 

8 MORE WEEKS FOR WEST COAST THEATRES 

• Dlrcrtloii F.\N(I10N nn«1 SrARCO 



Film is rather like the cast list, 
of mix;ed natiohaJlty. 

Padded beyond all need.- Would 
cut easily to 5,500 feet, and be a 
better picture. It has some ele- 
mejits of novelty In Hungarian 
street and country locations, a.nd 
the Katy and Bubenyik roles are 
In the hands of a couple of passably 
good comedy troupers, even if their 
humor is a bit too bucolic. 

Some good sequences of a Hun- 
garian country lair do not strain 
the continuity. But the story is 
thin, and Ivor Novello does little 
but look a good looking fellow. 

An attempt to make an Ameri- 
can angle, has beejn gotten In by 
making the heroine return to her 
native coiintry with poppa; whd 
has made a pile in some nebulous 
works at Detroit, But Evelyn Holt 
does not pass muster either ieis an 
American girl or as a screen hope. 

The Hungarian studio Ideas of 
hotels and restaurants, while they 
maye be locally correct, look cheap 
and tawdry without being novel or 
atmospheric. 

In the editing and titling (al- 
ways one of the worst features in 
British films) there are some funny 
breaks, . The hero is said' to be in- 
terested only In two things, "unl- 
. form and good form." And he Is 
shown behaving in a restaurant In 
a way in which no educated Euro- 
pean would dream of behaving, 
even If lit. Much less an "officer 
and a gentleman." . 

Then, when suspended from the 
army, he goes to a farm where, per 
caption, he finds salvation in "the 
way salvation is usually found; . . . 
hard work." Followed by shots 
showing him leaning against a post 
with ills hands in his pants' pockets 
while someone else rustles all the 
work. 

What story there Is concerns a 
young ofHcer who ruins dames and 
money lenders with/equal ease. All 
the money he borrows he drinks 
and gambles, away, till, forging the 
colonel's name to a bill, he is "sent 
on leave" pending being cashiered. 
He meets a girl with whom he falls 
in love. His last dollar goes in 
paying the restaurant band to play 
under her window. She, being 
American, thinks this Is awfully 
sweet. Or so the director seemed 
to think. 

Being also an officer and a genr 
tleman, he borrows money from his 
sister's prospective husband— or 
rather persuades his father to do 
it for him when brother-in-law is 
asking pojp's permission to wed the 
sister. Then goes to brother-in- 
law's farm to work. 

Meets, the girl again, and goes 
with a -couple of farm hands to a 
fair with her, knowing who she Is 
although she is disguised as a farm 
hand. Makes love, reciprocated, 
but gets the bird when the girl 
(who wants to be loved for herself 
alone) fiftds he knows she has 
money. 

Called 'back and forgiven by the 
colonel, he sends the same band ,to 
play the same tune outside the 
girl's window, whereon she ceases 
packing her grip to return to De- 
troit, and falls in his arms. 

Better in some ways than it 
sounds, this film will Just about 
get by here with the Novello fans. 
Others will find it long and In parts 
unconsciously funny. Its reactions 
are also too Continental for this 
market, where stAndards of con- 
duct are not quit© so, lax at any 
rate in theory. And our audiences 
do love to be supposed to believe 
they run -true- to tradition and 
theory. 

For America— out. Frat. 



SWEET SIXTEEN 

Trem Carr production relea«ed through 
Rayart. Directed by Scott Pembroke trom 
stnry by Phyllis Duganne. Continuity by 
Arthur Hoerl. in Cast: Helen Foster, Ger- 
trude 01m.stead, W, H. Tooker, Gladden 
Janiea. At Loew's New York, one day, 
Hept. 11, on double bill. Runnine time, CS 
finlnutes. 



Little sister's first sowing of the 
oats; how it is repeatedly inter- 
rupted with much repentance and 
then started all over again. Is the 
theme of "Sweet Sixteen," Nice 
program but too weak to feature ex- 
cept in smallles. 

Helen Foster cops the picture. 
Ideal for role, sweet, and demure. 
Holds throughout. 

Roadhou.sc, swimming pool, very 
little battling, with customary com- 
plications but le.-'s than usual quan- 
tity of nocking. 



FORECLOSE ON BOMBED HOUSE 

Chicago, Oct, 2, 
Home Mortgage and Investment 
Company has filed a bill against S. 
J. Gregory to foreclose a trust deed 
for $350,000 .Tgaln.st the Parthenon 
>Ii<Mtre. 

H<nw hn" f^r-pntly b'?en bombed 








Just One of Those Puhlix 

Routes 

1928 
Week 

Sept 2— Oriental . . . , . . ................... - Chicago, 

Sept 9— Korshore. , . . , . . ..... Chicago, lU. 

Sept. 16— Senate. . , . . . ....... .... .Chicago, 111. 

Sept. 23— Harding. , . , ... . Chicago, 111. 

Sept. 30— Tower . , . . . . . . , ......... . . , . . . . . . . Chicago, 111. 

Oct 6— Capitol V ........................ . Detroit, Mich. 

Oct 13— Circle . . , . , , , . . . . . , Indianapolis, Ind. 

Oct 20— Missouri. , , . /. . .St, Louis, Mo; 

Oct. 27— Oriental. . .... . , Chicago, 111. 

Nov. 3— Oriental. ...... .................... Chicago, 111. 

Nov. 10— Oriental. . . . . . . . , Chicago, 111. 

Nov. 17— Oriental. ......... .... ... .v ... . ... .Chicago, 111. 

Nov. 24— Oriental. .... .... ..... ............ .Chicago. 111. 

1— Travel 

7 — Olympia , , New Haven, Mass. 

Dec. 1 5— Metropolitan . Boston, Mass. 

Dec. 22 — Paramount New York City 

Dec. 29— Loew's Palace. .. . . .Washington, D, C. 

1929 
Week 



Dec. 
Dec. 



J^"- 7— Loew's Century ................. Baltimore, Md. 

Jan. 14— Loew's Penn........ ....... Pittsburgh, Pa. 

Jan. 21— Travel ^ 

Jan. 26 — Capitol . . . . .Montreal, Can. 

Feb. 2— Shea's BufTalo ; Buffalo, N. T. 

Feb. 9-rMichigan . ........... ^ Detroit, Mich. 

Feb. 16— Allen Cleveland, Ohio 

Feb. .23— Ohio Columbus, Ohio 

March 2— Indiana Indianapolis, Ind. 

March 9— Ambassador . . . St. Louis, Mo. 

March 16— Chicago. . . ^. . Chicago, 111. 

March 23— Uptown Chicago, 111. 

March 30— Tivoli Chicago, HI. 

April ■ 6^Travel . ^. .. \.- . ■ .. . 

April 13— Minnesota . . . , v . Minneapolis, Minn. 

April 20— Travel 

April 27— Metropolitan. Los Angeles, Calif. 

May 4^Grenada. ... . . .. . . ; . . . . . San Francisco, Calif. 

May 11— Travel 

May 16— Denver . , ... Denver, Colo. 

May 24— Riveria Omaha, Neb. 

May 31— Capitol Des Moines, la. 

June 8— Palace. .Dallas, Tex. 

June 15— Worth . . Ft Worth, Tex. 

June 22— Texas San Antonio, Tex. 

June 29— Metropolitan Houston, Tex. 



July 6— Saenger.. ., New Orleans, La. 

July 15— Alabama. . i , ; Birmingham, Ala. 

July 22— Howard, , Atlanta, Ga. 

p . (MAX TURNER, 

fersonal Management — , ,1,.,,. .« . 

/ William Morns Office 



; 



84 



VARIETY 



PICTURES 



Wednesday, October 3, 1928 



No Film Road Show Now Out 
Or In Sight Until January; 
1st Such Situation in Years 



Neck Holding Buyers 



Exhibitors In and around 
Xew York say they are being 
flooded by offers from chains. 

One Indie exhlb in explain- 
ing the pressure said the buy- 
ers were hanging around his 
neok, waiting: for him to de- 
ride. 



Not a road show pii-ture touring 
at present and with not one in sight 
before .Tan uJiry, next. 

That is of the |2 class and 
stamped indelibly as a 111m rgud 
Hhow. 

It's a cojiditlon that has not oc- 



ETHEL MEGLIN'S 

FAMOUS WONDER KIDDIES 

FKATURGD WITH 
FANCHON AND MARCO 



DORIS WHUMORE 

World's Youngest Prima Donna 
Toe Dancer and Violinist 
Now with 
FANCHON and MARCO'S 
"UP IN THE AIR" IDEA 



ALFRED 

BROWER 

World's Fastest Russian. Dancer 
Re-engaeed by FANCHON & MARCO 
Directloo WILLIAM MOURIS 



DAVE GOOD 

MASTER OF CEREMONIES 

COLORADO THEATRE. DENVER 
Tbapks to Fanchon 'and SlaTcd ' 



cu.rred In pictures for years, such a 
long lapse between road show $2 
pictures with none immediately de- 
signed to so play on travel. 

Exceptions are possible, but do 
not add to the road show list. One 
is Warners' "Singing FoOI" with 
Jolson. jDue to the wired house 
condition and necessity for that 
lilm, the Warners have generally 
released it for the pop houses al- 
though playing at a $3 top at the 
Winter Garden, New York, to a 
maximum weekly gross now of 
$40,000. 

The Fox people believe they .have 
a $2 road show in "The Four 
Devils," opening tonight (Wednes- 
day) at the Gaiety,' New York, but 
Fox may be In the same position, 
as it is a sound picture. 
. "Hell's Angel" is the road picture 
in the prospective, due In by Janu- 
ai'y- It. is also t.6 issue wjth sound. 
Much has been heard about "Hell'.s 
Angel," a Caddo (Howard Hughe."?) 
production, to be distributed by 
.Paramount. 

"Wings," Paramount, rode along 
on £i $2 road, show basis without en-, 
countering , difficulty in reaping 
good grosses at that scale, until 
First National . released "Lilac 
Time." Both were with sound and 
of the aerial type of subject. "Li- 
lac" forced Paramount to generally 
release "Wings" for the regular 
theatres. Each has been doing ban- 
ner business at the pop scales, even 
\vhen in competition. 

Road show offices in New York 
have been, abandoned and the pic- 
ture road experts are looking else- 
where. This was forecast when 
Jeff McCarthy, the foremost direc- 
tor of all picture' $2 road tours, re- 
cently decamped from New York to 
be ©f general assistance on the Fox 
lot in Hollywood for Winnie Shee- 
han. It Is now reported that 
Wayne Plerson and Joe Shea, also 



Many Minor Matters 
For M.P.T.O.A. Debates 



Instead of a mere convention the 
annual meeting of the Motion Pic- 
ture Theatre Owners Of America to 
))e held in Toronto, this year, will 
be more. In the nature of a trade 
conference, according' to one of the 
executives of the association. 

The evils of overseating, cenaor- 
shif), latior, music tax, mouth or- 
gans, red flannel underwear, Publix 
Opinion, the Graphic, Pete Hari-ison, 
and squawking pictures will be dealt 
with in the usual strenuous manner 
used by executives of the associa- 
tion in moments of grave crisis for 
the industry. 



"DESTINY,'^ CANADA-MADE 

Winnipeg, Oct. 2. 
"Destiny," feature' pictiire direct- 
ed by Neal Hart for the" British - 
Canadian Pictures, Ltd., and pro- 
duced In Calgary, has been comr 
pleted. 

It will be screened in that city 
for the local directors before taken 
to Great Britain by William 
Steiner of New York. The latter 
contracted to distribute this com- 
pany's features for five years. 



of the t2 handling men, are going 
west, too. 

While the wired houses are now 
limited and under 1,000 currently, 
with the number increasing slowly, 
grosses from them especially as se- 
cured by the Warners in rentals, 
the latter mostly on percentages, 
reach so high they make road 
showing unnecessary, if possible. 
Warners* circulation grosses are 
being constantly added to as newly 
wired houses start. 



NEW "SMITTY" PEOPLE 

Lo^ Angeles, Octo. 2. 

Harry Weber has cleaned out the 
production crew for "Smitty" Com- 
edies at Tec- Art.- George Marshall, 
In charge of the production end 
directed pictures, has been succeed- 
ed by Harry Edwards. 

The only one of the old personnel 
to remain with the company is Jim 
Tynan, scenarist. 

While the organization is being 
reconstructed the company has shut 
down production for a week. 



is not a showman and it is que.stion- 
able what he can do In getting the 
right pictures (which are tied up 
here by Publix) and stage talent. 
He has placed actiye management 
of the house in the hands of A. H. 
Haagen, Denver theatre man, for- 
merly with the Chicago Opera, who 
announces that $50,000 will be spent 
in redecorating the house and 
preparing it for its new policy. The 
house also will be wired for sound 
under present plans. Pictures from 
the indies will be shown. 



Ed Bishop Goes Broke Bucldng 
Publix in Denver; Owes 



Denver, Oct. 2. , 
Colorado (2,450 seater), most his- 
toric pl.iyhouse In Denver and the 
best until Publix's new Denver 
started, has gone broke iinder the 
management of Ed A. Bishop, one 
time millionaire real e-state man 
and theatrical power. Bishop has 

lost his entire fortune trying to 
put thei Colorado on. a pa.ying ba- 
sis during the past year and a 
half. 

He is said to have assets of $50 
or less and liabilities of approxi- 
mately $200,000. • 

The new Publix Denver killed the 
Colorado In record time. Cutting the 
weekly gross by an averagis of 
$2,000. :" 

According to Bishop's statertient, 
his nut has been around $5,000 
weekly and his grosses between 
$3,000 and $4,500. His actual in- 
vestment (not including 15-year 
lea.se) in the house was $400,000, 
all of which he loses to Horace W. 
Bennett, local financier who owns 
the building. Bishop, always a 
great scout when he had it, is now 
seisking a; job. He pledges himself 
to square every penny of debt. 

Bennett, who expresses his deter- 
mination to make the Colorado pay, 
is going to place unlimited re- 
sources behind the venture. While 
he is undoubtedly out to catch the 
Denver fans and make 'em like it, he 




AL LYONS 

AND 

NEAL CASTAGNOtI 

. Fe«lurcd In 

FANCHON and MARCO 
IDEAS 

LQieWS STATE THEATRE 
LOS ANOELES 

INDEFINITELY 



f f 



NOW IN SECOND TEAR 

Ba Ba Ba 



n 



More TboD 'a Hast«r of Ceremonies 
At COFFEE DAN'S, Los Angelen, Cal. 



GEORGIA LANE 

DANCERS 

Complete Units Appearing In Fanchon 
and Marco "Ideas" 

STUDIOS: DENVER, COLO. 



I if 





WITH MISS DANZI 
AND HIS MANILA ORCHESTRA 

Scored a Sensation as 
MASTER OF CEREMOMES AND^ 

AT THE PARAMOUNT, New York, This Week (Sept. 29) 

Dii-ection WILUAM MORRIS 

Excerpts from the Press 



"MORNING TELEGRAPH" 

"Dave Apollon comp.s very near being, the whole .show at the Paramount this week. The place held for 
many week.s by Paul Ash could never have boen better filled than by this amu-sing and versatile Russian 
lad. . . . Speed and more speed is what Apollon gives them in his announcements, acting as n)astor of 
ccronionies, in his specialties and in introducing the various numbers, . 

"He has brought with him to this presentation, which is tilled 'House Boat' and staged by Joseph. 
Santlcy, practically his onliro v:iucli?.villo act, which includes his Manila String Orchestra and Danzi, the dancer 
who has appeared with him lor several seasons. 

""'^'Apollon=makoS; lua-_^ the start of the revue and conducts the Paramount stage 

orchestra in an exi-ellent. arrangomenf of 'C)irtlVe"K(>aa tt>""Mandalay:'=--^:^^^^ 

"Apollon follows with his (hnible m.-indolin and piano . number tliat was a genuine sensationi~^as~"wair 
his Russian dancing. ■ ^ 

"Danzi, the diincer, lioldtt-ttie iicxi-to-elosing spot. This is the person.iblc miss who has been stopping 
.■show.s In vaudeville wherever .Apollon iiiis appearod, and proves a shDw-stopi)cr at the Paramount. 

Apollon, with bin innate .sense of Iniinor, has never proved his worth better as a master of ceremonies 
tlian he has on tliis presentation. A genuine novelty for the, motion picture theatres." — H. I), B. 



NEW YORK "TIMES" 

"Chicago has evidently won back 
Paul A.sh, for he Is hot at the Para- 
mount this week. But the audience 
there appeared to enjoy his suc- 
cessor, Dave Apollon, an expert 
Russian dancer, who has a ready 
= JKit^Jld_ ajkeen eai^^ music. His 
show is one of the best entertain- 
ments of Its type that has been 
seen at the Paramount for some 
time." — Mordaunt Hall. 



i>s?)[7iYii>s?it^iYi?ii^t^iys?iiv^ 



— 1 



iOm^^Koi&^fm^ reprodiicing 
^system |th€>sanie ^asShaiJ^uitefeei^ an^ 
^M(ivietone): is a gu^fiJtfeC^ qualitj^ in CqtiJMBU Sound 
■Pictures.-, ■ ^ ;^^v/-. ■ 

^Thrpughi,^ foresight vitr^^rbyidirig jsiound ^boxtOff ice vehicles 
%ir our ^^t^erfect 36j^w^ibW>possess a iiuihber of ^^o 
stage plaj^^^ind s^ are admirlably suited for repro- 

idu€tib0as s(mnd pictures:::^ ;the plays that we arcr now 
^ carefully considering for Donovan Affair, 

# OWfen Davis; "The from the play "It 

Is:ijtoitaiigh;'V fiy Fan^^ Fall of Eve," by John 

Emerson and Anita Loos; "Redemption,'^ by Count Leo Tolstoy. 
'C?Anioiig the stdries^on the current season's program avail- 
able for production ai^sound^p^ are "Acquitted," by Mary 
Roberts Rinehart, and^^Trial Marriage," the Saturday Eve- 
i ning Post serial story by Elizabeth Ale^^ 

Theatre-owners can rest assured that when Columbia finally 
decides to put a vehicle into production as a sound picture, it 
:will have all the necessary values and qualities to 
make it a superlative box-office attraction. 




October 3, 1928 






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SOUND 
STORKS 




SUBMARINE 



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NOW PUYI NO TO CAPACITY AT EMBASSY 
tHEATRE,N:Y 'AT $2T0P :\ 

Willbeavailabe^ineiyia 



SOUND 
VALUES 

COIUMBU 

picniRts 



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V A R IE T Y 



Wednesday, October 3, 1928 




pluqqiiiq aloiiq 
with AVERAae 
Profits 



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OOK 



Wliat'XIIiAC TIimE*' Is doing WITHOUT SOUriTD- 



**Xilac Time* business best since house opened. 
All acclam it best picture of the year.?— P. A* 
Boone,-Mt.Airy,N,C, 

Best in history at the Strand, Hartford, Conn. 
House record at the Capitol, Ansonia, Conn* 



TXilac Time' last week without sound broke all 
house records for State Theatre. We want to con« 
gratulate you on this box-office masterpiece." —E, 
A. Renner, Youngstown, N. Y, 

Smashed all records at the Strand^ New Britain, 
Conn. 

LISTEfii 

to tbe rares from a$liowmen wlio're playing It 

WITH SOUW»- 



"Week's gross at Palm Theatre, Pueblo, at 40c ad- 
mission, was $1700 better than previous record 
established at 50c scale. FIVE OUT OF FIVE 
COLORADO BOOKINGS TO DATE HAVE 
BROKEN RECORDS. 

••Xilac Time* opened yesterday to tremendous 
Wsiness. Holdout line started two-thirty before 
first show was completed ^nd never broke until 
nine-thirty at night. Musical score greatest I have 
heard. People actually cheered it. It is a big 
smash like 'Sea Hawk*. 'Lost World.' Congratula- 



tions to First National on the biggest thing in sight 
or sound."— Earl Hall Payne, Kentucky Theatre, 
Lexington, Ky, 

**It's Xilac Time' in Utica. Picturje opened last night 
to capacity houses and line four abreast two blocks 
long. Genesee street looked like New Year's eve on 
Broadway. Audiences held spellbound by realistic' 
air shots and cflfects. Look for a record week." 
—Bernard Depkin, Manager Stanley Theatre. 

Best in history at the MaAos, Greensburg, Pa. 



YOU* can be the 47 ih Showman 
io break ^our house record! 

John McCormick Presents 

COLLEEN MOORE 

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records to d^oMe-^ 
witJt COOPEK 




5^©eBB5srflo'l>j Cssrciy WIls®-!!! • Fr®Mi the Play by Jaiae-" C<!^wl ais^ Jj^iie. 
Majrlln • Ad»|&tstti<&si fey Willas Ooidfe^^ck • Titles fey CJeor^e Mitrloii, jrr. 



FIRST NATIONAL, PICTURES 




€ret out your 
Play date Booh, 
Here are 6 niore 
sure entries^ 




THi: WHIP 
With Sound 

'Boosted sroas 11800 mt Strand, N .T . 
Led town at th« Century, B«lti- 
^*ore.— 4-St«r Ca«t. 




THE 

«OOD BYE KISS 

Witb Sound 

Mack Bennett's great aurprlae ap*- 
clal. 9 reel* of fflorioua comedy* 
romance.' With tbree new Sennett 
atar finda. 




€OilIPA]VIO]¥ATE 
]«IARRIA«£ 

Pan t heon ,Tolcdo premiercopened 
big and built up throughout waek* 
Bet^y Bronabn iand Alec B. Franola 
In cast. 




IVIILTO]\ $11.1^ 
in **Tlie C^raslt** 

Punch drama with ai click, trick 
6nlsh. The whole town will talk 
about torrid Thelma Todd. 




CHARIilE lUlJRRAT 
in-«*Do Your Duty ** 

Charlie as a comical cop rounds 
up 'all the laughs of New York's 
underworld. 




arc a Sotmd Investment ! 

Monbcr / Motion Picture ftoduetn mut Distributors of America InC^V/Ill H.Haye JhtuUnt 



Kim IflAYIVARD 
In <*Tli(e Glorious Trail ^ 

The showman's delight — boii office 
bearcat — in slashing aetion ro- 
_m a n c e_w 1 1 h_b r and^- new_st«i n t 
thiillaj 

Boohing •T'otr— 



Wednesday, October 3, 1928 



PICTURES 



VARIETY 



27 



Keith s SpEts Wiring of 50 Houses 
Between W. E. and R. C. A.-25 Each 



A wiring . contract arrangement 
piade by Kelth'8 within the past 10 
days appeared to have brought con- 
fusing opinions to those unaware it 
was In the line of straight business. 

Keith's contracted for 50 wired 
houses, dividing the number be- 
tween Western Electric and RCA'b 
iPhotophone. It was an equal di- 
vision. ' 

The RCA contract foil6\yed that 
with W. E., with the Photophone 
contract made this week. 

That Keith's Is taking on Photo- 
phone Is not accepted as an indica-: 
lion that there Is anything more 



Frodnction Starts Soon on 

"FIVE O'CLOCK GIRL" 

starring 

MARION DAVIES 

An 



ALFRED 




Production for 

M-G-M 



than the business agreements It ex- 
presses, in It. A report immediately 
following, suggesting that the. dea! 
evidenced as Interest secured ty 
RCA in Keith's had no foundation 
other than mi-suriderstanding. 

Keith's may add other theatres to 
its wired list. 



Midnite Mats in Small Towns 



Eastman Will Be Wired 
By Photophone for /Kings' 



Rochester, N. Y., Oct. 2. 

After con.slderable exploitation on 
its scheduled showing at pop prices 
of "The King of Kings" this week, 
Eastman theatre suddenly shl'ted 
and has "The Fleet's In." Orders to 
change came from George Eastman 
after a demonstration of Photophone 
in New York, attended by the kodak 
king, George "VV. Todd, head of the 
Regorson Corp., operating the East- 
man chain of theatres here, and 
William A. Callhan, manager of the 
Eastman. .' 

Eastman will be one of the first 
theatres to have installed Photo- 
phone, about Nov. 15, a courtesy ex- 
tended, It is understood, because 
much of the preliminary work on 
Photophone was done at the house 
by the General Electric Co., . the 
Eastman orchestra being used In 
perfecting sound reproduction. 

According to Mr. Eastman, "The 
King of Kings" will be a "new pic- 
ture" with the Photophone accom- 
paniment, and will be the first 
sound film shown when the new 
policy goes in effect. 



PLAYING DE LUXE PICTURE THEATRES AND VAUDEVILLE 

Miss JUBAL EARLY 

ExcluHlve Material by Tlltl. K. WELlis 

This Week, Capitol Theatre, Chicago, ill. 



1 



Chicago, Oct. 2. 

Great States theatres, Publlx 
subsidiary operating theatres 
in Illinois towns, have found 
that midnight shows In the 
smaller cities get over, with 
proper plugging. 

The circuit is scheduling the 
midnight mats as regular 
events in several towns. 



Fox's Building Plan 

For Wis. and Micb. 



Indie Exhibs, Formerly With Sapiro, 
Now in Bad Jam-Cai t Gel Product 



Some of the Independent .theatre 
owners in Greater New York, for- 
merly members of the Sapiro or- 
ganization, report greater difficulty 
than ever in securing product. Hav- 
ing held up purchases while wait- 
ing for Arthur Whyte to do the gen- 
eral buying for the associ;\tibn, the 
exhibitors now find a considerable 
part of the desirable features has 
been sold to opposition theatres in 



Chicago, Oct. 2. 
Joe Leo, a vice-president of Fox 
and general manager of Fox middle- 
west territory, is at present en- 
gaged In tying up Wisconsin and 
the upper peninsula of M.lchlgan. 

It is reported Fox Is prepared to 
to go on a spending orgy in those 
states, with local capital already 
contracted to build a large number 
of theatres with -the leases to be 
turned over to Fox. In no instance 
is Fox building himself outside of 
Milwaukee. Towns in "Wisconsin 
are promised new theatres within 
the next .13 months. The cost of 
construction of these houses ranges 
from $250,000 to $800,000 each. • 

Contracts have already been 
signed for a theatre to be erected In 
Applefbn with 1,900 seats, and. 
Green Bay, 2,500-seater- with office 
building. 

Other Wisconsin towns reported 
to be. Invaded by Fox are Marinette, 
Stevens Point, Marshfleld, Monroe, 
Merrill,, Manitowoc, Antigo, R.hlne- 
lander, Waiisau and Waukesha ; 
while In northern Michigan the 
towns named are Sault Ste. Marie, 
Ironwood, Ashley, Escanaba and 
Marquette. In Milwaukee, an^ 
nouncement will be made in the 
next few weeks of a $3,000,000 
house, seating 6,000,. downtown. 

Leo's appointment of vice-presr- 
dent gives him added authority, to- 
gether with his general manager- 
ship of this territory. Leo's record 
.shows that he successfully brought 
out from the red the Ascher Bros, 
theatres, recently thrown In bank- 
ruptcy around here, and before that 
operated Fox houses In the east. 



Winnipeg Epidemic ? 

Winnipeg, Oct. 2. 
So far common sense has pre- 
vailed in Manitoba, Canada, par- 
ticularly in Winnipeg, as far as 
measures for combatting the, infan- 
tile parulysiiJ. epidefnic are con- 
cerned. 

During the past week several 
more cases have been reported, 
with the usual result that Juvenile 
attendance at theatres is greatly 
affected. Health olHclals apparent- 
ly realize that it Is laughable to 
shut theatres and permit the huge 
department stores to remain open 
and thus encourage an even great- 
er mixing of people. 

The neighborhood hou.ses of this 
city are finding the strain kind of 
hard, especially for matinees. 



RED GRANGE IN UNIT 

Harold "Red" Grange will enter 
presentations via a Publix unit 
opening Oct. 21 at the Oriental, 
Chicago. 

A ispecial unit to bo constructed 
around the ex-footballer will travel 
the regular Publlx western circuit. 

Grange has been playing vaude 
iri an around New York for a cou- 
ple of Fox weeks. 



their respective territories for the 
coming season. 

Pending deals with Fox for the 
sale of the independent houses, the 
exhibitors are having a rough time 
The longer they remain without 
contracts for product the more nec- 
essary it will become for them to 
tie up with a chain for protection. 

The tioup with the Independent 
Motion Picture Exhibitors Associa- 
tion has cost the 20. independent 
operators concerned over $50,000 in 
cash and . obligations yet to be met, 
while the loss of time during which 
their opposition bought product ia 
Inestimable. 




and. His 

OrcliestTa 



TRADO TWINS 

Playing West Coast Theatres 

"Still working; in fact, always 
working" 

Oct. 18-24, 
Seattle Theatre, SeattU 





THE GREAT 





wishes to announce the completion of his nine 
hundred and ninety-ninth week for the marvel- 
lous Publix "Circuit at the Capitol, Des Moines, 
this week. Now open for engagements with 

FLORENZ ZIEGFELD 
C. B. DILLINGHAM 
GEORGE WHITE 
BALABAN AND KATZ 

OR 

The Trip to London with the Great Abe Lyman 
Abe Lastfogel, Walter Meyers and the Entire Morris Office Are Responsible for the Success 

of the Great 




28 



VARIETY 



PICTURES 



PHILADELPHIA 
OPENING UP 
FOR OTHERS 



Publix and LoewV Re- 
ported for De Luxes— 
Boyd Acting for Zukor 



Philadelphia, Oct. 2. 
With the Stanley Company's 
chang-e .in control and Warner 
Brothers heading that theatre 
chain, it is said I'ublix (Paramount) 



West Coast Motion Picture 
Directory of Players, Direc- 
tors and Writers 



BEST SOUND ACOUSTICS 



Chiqago. Oct. 2. 
. Acoustics of McVlckers in 
roKard to sound pictures is 
conceded to be better than in 
any other Chicifjo theatre. 
The house has 2,2.00 seats. 



Literati 



Wednesday, October 3, 1928 



cniicago and New York. Ditto tli« 
Richmond, Va., News-Dispatch. 



Titles by 

MALCOLM 
STUART 
BOYLAN 

FOX 




WINIFRED 
DUNN 

Sl^ENARIO OF 
'SUBMARINE' 

Now Breaking: 
Records at Em- 
buNsy Theatre, 
at i'i Top PrlceB 



ORIGINALS 



ADAPTATIONS 



HOWARD J. GREEN 

Management, Edward Small Co. 
TITLES CONTINUITIES 



LICHTIG 

.\M> 

ENGLANDER 

TTEN YEARS IN nOLLYAVOOD 



and Loew's propose to erect de luxe 
picture houses in this city. 

They will be in additional opposi 
tion with Fox, to the Stanleyls local 
picture house strenpth. Besides cur- 
rently operating two houses. Fox 
al.^o contemplates a large seater 
here. 

It is rumored that Al Boyd, for 
jmei-ly with Stanley and^now con 
structing a picture theatre in Phil 
ly, is In close communion with 
Adolph Zukor, also, a personal 
friend of Boyd's, Should Boyd ex- 
pand his present theatre building 
outline it will be accepted he is 
acting for Zukor. Within the past 
two months Boyd was reported 
willing to turn over his theatre in 
construction to the Stanley people, 

Warners Looking for 
House Chain Operator 

A chain operator, is reported 
sought by the W.arner Brothers for 
their theatres, Including the newly 
annexed Stanley Company houses. 

An unverified report has been 
that Spiro Skouras, of the Skouras 
Brbthers, In St. Louis, might be 
given and accept the position. The 
same story Included the Skouras 
houses In St. Louis, around 35, in 
eluding the Publix- Skouras de 
luxes, among the W^irners' many 
rumored deals. 

It is said that the Skouras' are 
unlikely to tie up elsewhere with- 
out the approval of their, partner, 
Publix/ That could be easily ob- 
tained under certa,in conditions 
agreeable to' Publix. So far the 
matter has not come 'up. It is said 
Meanwhile another namie broached 
Is that of B. S. Mo!5s. Moss has 
stated he is going to Europe for a 
long vacation; but might listen to a 
flattering proposal, with undivided 
authority. 

At one time the Skouras wanted 
to take over the direction of the 
Saxe Circuit in Wisconsin. Publix 
blocked it, and the Saxe chain later 
passed to West Coast Theatres 
Circuit. It now is with Fox through 
that deal. 



Panorama, New, Out 
Panorama, New York's new illus- 
trated weekly, finally made Its Ini- 
I tial appearance late last week. A 
Paris fashion article by Mrs. Anne 
U. Stlllman, said to bo the chief 
backer of the publication, while 
featured on the cover, Js spotted In 
the last pages of the issue. 

The new publication rcscml)lc.s 
Vogue in miake-up and the New. 
York In content. Morris Markey Is 
handling the theatrical page. He 
was formeHy with the New Yorker, 
and prior to that on the stafl of . the 
Dally News. 

A first Installment of Fannie 
Brice's life story, by Hottlc Fithian 
Cattell, with about a dozen active 
or former newspapermen and wonv- 
1 en's articles are in the first issue. 
Herbert B. Mayer is the editor. 



"An Acre of Seats" 
liilling of a slogan of "An Acre 
of Seats;" employed in connection 
with a de luxe picture theatre, has 
started the usual post-mortem of 
origination in Chicago. 

Following press agents are In^ 
volvcd: Ben Scrkowich, Bill Pine, 
Jack Hess, Hollander, Lewis, Lip - 
ton and Doob. 

Out of this mess It seerns the Ser- 
kowlch crew when with Balaban & 
Katz in Chicago some years ago! 
gave a slogan of "An acre of seats 
in a garden of dreams" to the B. & 
K. Uptowii, Chicago. Three years 
later the line was paraphrased for 
the Marks brothers' new house, to 
"An acre of seats in a magic gar- 
den." 

Meanwhile some of the pres.s 
agents had switched about. 



'Ritzy Rosey" Title 
First National Is abandoning the 
title of "Ritzy Rosey" for Alice 
White's pictures, as King Features 
Syndicate has a comic strip of the 
same name and wants too much 
dough for it. 

Had the syndicate manifested 
itself a couple of weeks from now 
it Is conceded by the film company 
that dough would have been gotten 



. Garland Not New to Drama 

Robert Carland, "who become d 
drama critic and editor of New 
York Telegram, sitccceding Leon- 
ard Hall, is not new to drama, hav- 
ing befen critic for years on the old 
Baltimore American and later on 
the Baltimore Post, from which 
paper he moved to the Telegram. 

Garland was known in Baltimor-i 



Nationalizing "Post" 
Drastic changes In make-up and, 
what is more important, in policy, 
has overtaken Ned McLean's 
"Washington Post" in the Capital. 
Air sfeemlngly Is creditable to the 
new. m. c., Norman Baxter, once 
sports editor and then politictd 
writer oh McLean's dally. 

Baxter has apparently been given 
a free hand to try and make the 
"Post" a national Institution, an 
opportunity the Washington idailies 
have all been overlooking in their 
consistent adherence to the policy 
of .sitting on the fence when It 
came to political issues. Anything 
sensational during normal times or 
campaigns has been smoothed over, 
with all centering their editorials 
toward helping the downtrodden 
government clerk, the paid sub- 
scribers. 

This now seems to be in for a 
chan^ge. Baxter broke e.vcliisively 
(Continuc<l on page 58) 



R«pre8entlng 
DIRKCXOUS, ARTISTS, WRITERS 
WARNER BLDO. Hollywood 106tf 



MARK SANDRICH 

DIRECTOR 

JuHt Completed u Fvitture I'lcture 
"RUNAWAY GIRLS" 
For Columbia Pictures 



Week's Best Book Sellers 



FICTION 

Silas Bradford's Boy^Joseph C. Lincoln. .................... • ?2.00 

Old Pybus — Warwick Deeping......... " ' * otn 

Bad Girl— Vina Deimar. 2.50 

Money for Nothing— P. G. Wodehouse.. 2.00 

Strange Case of Miss Annie Spragg— Louis Bromfield Z.50 

GENERAL 

The Buck in the Snow a'hd Other Poems— Edna St. V. Millay . .?2.00 

John Brown's Body— Stephen V. Benet..., 2.50 

Strange Interlude— Eugene O'Neill. .• 2-50 

Goethe— Emil Ludwig .... ... • ■ • • • • • ' ' ' I'SS 

Roamin' in the Gloamin' — Sit Harry Lauder..... J-ou 



vieino/ries 



The touch, It Is learned, was made 
I Just before First National was ready 
to hand the printer a big money job 
on the title. No new title yet 
picked. 



Broadcasting Midnite Show 

Buffalo, Oct. 2, 
The success attending the mid 
night showings at the Great Lakes 
of the opening of "Lights of New 
York" last month and "The Singing 
Fool" this week, with hundreds 
turned away, has led to the La- 
fayette opening "Uncle Tom's Cab- 
in" 1'1-iday with midnight perform- 
ance. Hynchrohized score used will 
1 be broadcast. . 



Changes on Nation 
An editorial staff change may be 
announced by the Nation this week, 
It's the sky piece liberal weekly. 
Mark Vah Doren, its literary ed, 
will become a Columbia University 
prof, with Freda Kirschwey, present 
m. «., moving In on the lit seat. 
I Louis Gannett, associate editor, is 
leaving for the Herald Tribune. 

Oswald Garrison Villard is the 
paper's owner. Another distinction 
for him Is that he Is a descendent 
of the real Villard. The Nation is 
I said to have a run of around 40,000 
[ at present, abnormalljy high for a 
weekly of its classification, 




THE ROMEROS 

CARLOS and.MALVINA 

90nS AND JI'DITH OSC.VR AND AI.MA 

AI>1. OMO J'\\.M1I.,Y Our Elf til Year: wllli Fnnclion ond Mnrco 
■ ■ . . Now witli " 
PANCHON AND M A RCO'S '*A RT I ST'S I D E A" 



Cut' Rate Royalty 

J. P. McEvoy's getting a royalty 
break on those $1 a copy books 
First National Is selling exhib.s o-s 
an exploitation stunt for their film- 
Izatlon of "Show Girl," In a page 
ad In Variety last week F. N. of- 
fered the half -rate copy to theatre 
managers and owners, buying copies 
from Simon & Schuster, the book 
publishers,, at regular wholesale 
rates and losing a few cents on the 
stunt. F. N. is releasing the film 
version. ^ 



as a tough critic and always up to 
his neck in arguments with actors. 
He delighted in going after some of 
them. It is understood that he pre- 
ferred to keep his job as columnist 
on the Telegram, but the Scripps- 
Howard executives insisted on hi.^ 
doing the dramatic stuff. It i.s 
likely that he will be syndicated 
over the , NEA string of papers, 
thus making him as widely circu- 
lated as any other dramatic criti'- 
in the country. 




Pittsburgh Critic III 

Mrs. Florence Fisher Parry, dra- 
matic critic of The Pittsburgli 
Press and also a leading photogra- 
pher of the city, has been ill at the 
Jefferson Hospital, Philadelphia, for 
several weeks. She is now con- 
valescing. 



More New York Stuff 

The Milwaukee I.«eader, wliicli i.^ 
Victor. Bergerls paper there, is en- 
larging Its dramatic pages to takr 
in theatrical news notes from both 



Summer Attraction 
Film Road Show 



(JNWED 
MOTHERS 



Percentage 
Booking Anywhere — Send Dates 
SAMUEL CUMMINS 

Publix Welfare Pictures Corp. 

723 Seventh Ave., New York 



GALE QUADRUPLETS 

JANE - JUNE - JOAN - JEAN 

FEATURED 

FANCHON AND MARCO'S "HAPPY IDEA" 



1^ ! 



iljll 



The Greatest 
SlK>wiiian jince 

-^ank Whitbeck 



high , 
record 



mosUndividual musical master ^^'fmmmiSi^ 
o/ceremonies playing picmiehouses 



Rube'5 

new 

record 



LOU GdLDEN mgy. 

LOEW/ WARFIIID fJlmtrt 



Wednesday, October 3, 1928 



VARIETY 



29 




tPUBLIXj 



Theatres 







Welcome Home Show 



LOUIS 



"BAG C TRICKS" 

Staged and Produced By 




cDERMOTT 



THIS WEEK ORIENTAL THEATRE, CHICAGO 



With the FolIoMnng AU-Star Cast: 



IT'S A PLEASURE— PAUL 



FF NAZARRO 

Thanks to MAX TURNER, NAT KALCHEIM, MAX HALPERIN, SAM BRAMSON and 

HARRY SANTLEY 




Direction— WILLIAM MORRIS OFFICE 



FANCHON-MARCO 



PUBLIX CIRCUIT 



GOGO DeLYS 

"THE CO-ED PERSON AUTY GIRL^' 



Thanks to PAUL ASH 



Direction— WM. MORRIS OFFICE 



ME TOO— PAUL 



JOHNHY PAYNE 

"THE WILL ROGERS OF THE PIANO'* 



Direction— WILUAM MORRIS OFFICE 



PAUL ASH— WE WELCOME YOU 



THE FAMOUS LUCKY BOYS 



In a "RIOT of FUN, SPEED and THRILLS'' 



Direction— WILLIAM MORRIS OFFICE 



HAPPY to BE WITH YOU-PAUL 



LORRAINE 



LORRETTO 





THE DANCING PERSONALITIES 

Direction— WILLIAM MORRIS OFFICE 



90 



VARIETY 



V A UD E VILLE 



Wednesday, October 3, 1928 



Keith's Playing 




Less 



Weekly Now Than Last Season; 
Current Over-Supply of Turns 



Keith's Is playingr 400 less acts 
weekly at present than it. did at this 
time last season. It has brought 
about an over-supply oi talent In 
▼audevllle, with Keith offlce agents 
encountering handicaps in attempt- 
ing to procuire season's routes for 
their acts. 

Changes of policies In the many 
Keith houseis; the use of unit shows, 
departure of the Poli Circuit book- 
ings, and the loss of several Stanley 
chain theatres (new policies), with 
Bome of the Kelth-bobked. houses 
of other times now, playing sound 
picture programs have: contributed 
to the lessened Keith bookings. 

With other Keith houses and also 
houses booked by Keith to go wire 
by New Tear's or later, the number 
of turns demanded by the booking 
offlce -will be further decreased.. -. 

The slackened demand for acts 
has been felt by other vaudfllm cir- 
cuits but not to the same degree. 
Loew's has a large number of its 
theares wired and Fox virtually has 
all of its vaudefilm theatres in 
readiness for sound at any time. Be- 
cently Fox played, a solid week of 
sound pictures here and there — 
displacing vaude for the period. 

Publix's displacement of stage, 
shows has tended to Increase the 
act supply. 

As the wired theatres^ take In 
the vaudefllm houses, talking shorts 
may be substituted for. acts here 
and there, as tried at present with 
many of those now wired. 

Biliing on Bulb Basis 

Cl^icago, Oct. 2. 
Refusing to appear, at the Palace 
opening performance last week be-: 
cause Clayton,. Jackson and Durante 
were billed in lights under him, 
James Barton finally consented to 
play after the number of lights ber 
hind the trio's billing was cut in 
half, making Barton's billing 
brighter. 

It Is the first timie such a unique 
compromise Is known to havp been 
effected. 



ISeliF-Boosters 



Below is a wire containing 
the full story: 

Milwaukee, Oct. 1. 

Variety, 
Any City: 

We are killing them here. 
Rush representatives for In^ 
lerview. Left our wives back 
home stop. Rush photophone, 
rush vita phone, rush movie- 
tone stop we must have tele- 
vision or else 

Clayton Jackisoh Durante 




JEAN BARRIOS 

who opened his new act at the 
Orpheu.m theatre, Los Angeles, last 
I week to a sensational hit. 

Contract has been signed aa a 
headline attraction for the Pantages 
Circuit opening early in October. 



FORMER WIFE^S CHARGE 

Warrant for Sayre Deering for ] 
Child Abandonment. 



I CRASH RESPONSDULrTY 
FOR ZOOn DEATH 



Kansas city, Oct. 2. : 
A" warrant for Sayre peering, 
former dancing partner of. Mae 
Murray; charging him with child 
abandonment, was: issued by the 
local prosecutor's office.. 

His former wife, Mrs. Mildred 
Borgolte,' wife of E. F. Borgolte, 
vice-president of the Security Pe 
troleum Company, made the com- 
plaint. She states, that Deerihg Is 
the father of her twin daughters, 7 
years old. That she and Deering 
were divorced several years ago and 
at that time he was ordered by the 
court to contribute to the support 
of the children. 

Both Deering and Mrs. Borgolte 
reside here. 



Passpart Made Keith s Foreign Booker, 
Only Keith Agent in M of Europe 



Benny Roberts Resigns 

Benny Roberts, musical director 
at the Palace, New Tork, resigned 
Monday following a disagreement 
with Milton Schwartzwald, head of 
Kkth's musical d'epartment. Words 
have passed between the two for 
some time, with the climax finally 
reached over, the last week end. 

Roberts has been director at the 
Palace for eight, years. His resigna- 
tion is to take effect in two weeks. 



Hip/ Cleveland, Wiredj 
Reopening All-Sound 

Cleveland, Oct, 2 
Hipipodrome^, first local Keith 
house to be wired, reopens Qctober 
13 with sound picture policy. 

"Kings of Kings" opening, fol- 
lowed by "Four Sons." "Kings*' 
played here, last season for seven 
weeks without sound. 

Theater was wired at a reported 
cost of $26,000. 

Formerly owned, by Waiter Reade 
and Keith's, operated by the lat- 
ter, It IS to be ki]|Own hereafter as 
Keith's Hippodrome. 

The Hippodrome gives Cleveland 
its seventh wired theater, Loew's 
Cameo, across the street, showing 
talkers exclusively, will' give the 
Hip strong competish. 

Hosiery for Laughs 



"EELATIONS" CONDENSED 

Edward Clark, author-star-pro- 
ducer of "Relations," which folded 
two weeks ago after a brief run at 
the Masque, New York, Will head a 
tabloid version of the piece for 
vaudeville. 

• The vaude version will be in two 
scenes and carry a support cast of 
five. ' ■ 



Trini Back 

Trihi, Spanish- dancer,, returns to 
vaudeville Oct, 15 at the Albee, 
Brooklyn, N. Y. 

She will be surrounded by a 
band. 

Charlie Morrison is handling 
Trini, who appeared all last season 
with Will Mahoney in "Take the 
Air." 



1660 BKOADWAY, NKW XOIIH go 



Cleveland, Oct. 2 
"Al Smith" and "Herbert Hoover' 
silk hose is the latest gag being 
used by vaudeville comics to draw 
sure-fire laughs. 

The new silk socks have the 
names of the Republican'and Demo 
cratlc nominees woven Into them 
around the ankles, "Al Smith" ap 
pears on one pair and Just "Hoover" 
on the other. 

A comic here last week got a 
roar of applause by pulling up bis 
trquser leg and showing the "Hoo- 
ver" sock. And when he exposed 
the. "Al Smith" hosiery^ the house 
went into a panic. 



With the death of Harry A. Zook, 
29i of Elkhart, Ind., who was at- 
tached to, the special promotion bu- 
reau of the Keith offices at 10:30 
a. m., Sept, 29, of a fractured skull, 
the Newark, N, .J., authorities : are 
expected to decide In a court of In- 
quiry whether either driver of the 
colliding cars was rei^onsible . . for 
the accident which caused Zopk's 
death' 

After the crash at Dead Man's 
curve, near Newark, Sept. 24, Sam 
Dei Capula, driving, under a New 
Jersey license, a musician with the 
Pennsylvania Hotel orchestra, was 
first ^charged with the responsibil- 
ity. De Capula countercharged 
against Ralph Dowllng, assistant 
manager of the Montauk theatre, 
Passaic, N. J., driving the car In 
which Zook was a passenger. . 

Both men were, released under 
ball pending a further hearing and 
the result of Zook's Injuries. Zopk, 
when found, was In the car seat 
unconscious and In. a . critical con- 
dition. He was taken to St 
Michael's . Hospital, Newark. 

The accident hapi>ened about 8 : 30 
In the morning. Foggy weather 
caused the collision. . The Dpwling 
car was sldeswlped by the other, 
according , to those In the auto. 
D'enlal Is made that Zook and oiie 
of the glfls In the Dowllng car 
were thrown out. Both cars were 
badly damia.ged, the Dowllng ear 
being almost a total wreck. 

Of the -seven persons in the 
Dowllng car only two others be- 
side Zook were hurt. They were 
girls, Mildred Hawley and Thelma 
Temple, the latter having three 
stitches taken In her nose. 

The Dowllng-Zook party had 
been to Passaic upon theatrical 
business and were on the way home 
when th* accident occurred. 

Young Zook, prior to coming 
east, had been connected with the 
Chicago offlce of the Orpheurii, 
When Floyd Scott was transferred 
from Chicago to New York he 
brought Zook along. This was last 
March. ' 

The young man's remains were 
taken back to his home town in In 
diana for burial. 



Moss Off Show Biz 



B. S. Moss says the current 
chaotic condition of the theatre 
end of the show business, 
through which no one knows 
when waking up who owns 
what, has decided him to lay. off 
the biz for a while. 

With that decision. Moss 
states he has arranged for a 
foireign trip, to keep aloof from 
the turmoil. He will start 
shortly after election and have 
as a companion Danny Sim- 
mons. Danny was formerly 
Moss' chief booker and went 
with Moss Into the Keith of- 
fice. Simmons lately resigned 
as a Keith booker, with no re- 
quest Involved^ . 

Previously Moss had sold out 
his 60 per cent In the Moss- 
Keith houses for $3,000,000,, all 
In high class Coin. Of that 
Danny Is said to have been 
slipped $100,000 by B. S. 

Moss Is going away from 
here to stop himself from send- 
ing the balance of $2,900,000 
and some other loose change 
he has gathered. Into new the- 
atres that might not merge. 



DIVING ACROBAT SUED 

Micareme Hit Violin on Way to 
; Orchestra Pit _ 



Indianapolis, Oct .2. 
Alfred Micareme, Austrian aero 
bat, while On thi bill at a local 
vaude house here, and doing a hand 
stand on some small wooden pedes 
tail^ lost his balance and took a 
header Into the orchestra pit 

Micareme, who packs a mere 200 
pounds, fell uninjured Into the lap 
of William E. Grueling, violinist. In 
the house orchestra, but on the way 
there demolished a violin, said to be 
a Gaurini, 247 years old. 

Grueling has started suit In the 
jSuperior Court here, claiming 
$2,000 damages for the Injury to 
his Instrument from tJie diving 
acrobat. 



Sanders in Command 



From reports coming out of the 
Keith New York agency. Earl San- 
ders has taken complete command 
of the bookings in that offlce. 

It is said: that Sanders, the for 
mer crack booKer for the OrpTieum 
Circuit, Is setting salaries and ap 
proving routes, without consulta 
tion or conference with anyone. 



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Hanrahan With Trust Co. 

William Hanrahan, who resigned 
a week ago as booker of Keith's 
New York theatres, will be re- 
placed by Jack Dempsey. 

The Dempsey book will Include 
the IlippodromG, Kiverside, Coli- 
seum, 81st St.. Hamilton, Franklin, 
Broadway and Jefferson, in Now 
York; Kenmore and Albee, Brook- 
lyn, and State, Jersey City.. 

Dempsey will take up his new 
(IVlie.s next week, 

Hanralian will leave the show 
business. to go with the Union Trust 
Company. 



McCABE HERE FOR PAN 

_ . Eob^MuCi ib^,^f jlhe_ w^ is 
in New York as outsido^ man'fof the 
New York Pant.igos office. McCabe 
spends his time reviewing acts and 
making reports, 

McCabo coine.p from Fi'e.'jno. At 
one time ho owned and operated 
the Garden theatre, San Jose. 

McCabc's presence on the local 
Pan staff does not mean any change 
In the booking rofrimo conducted by 
Kd Milne and Rob Burns. 



Leonard 'linstrel Man" 



Ix>8. Angeles, Oct. 2, 
Eddie I^eohard has been signed 
by Universal through the William 
Morris. Agency to be starred In 
"The Minstrel Man," an original 
dialog story by Norman Spear and 
George Rogan, glorifying the hcy- 
dey of minstrelsy. 

Production will start about Dec. 
1 with Harry Pollard directing. Cur- 
tis Benton Is making adaptation. 



NOTHING ON PROCTOR REPORT 

A week-end rumor hit Bro'adway 
that William Fox was negotiating 
for the purchase of the F. F. Proc- 
tor houses, now booked by Kelth'«. 

Mr. Proctor had not heard of any 
offer from Fox, up id yesterday. 
The Proctor offices could not ac- 
^oOTt ^fOTthe'tumor.^^^^^"""^^^^^^-" 



WANERS MAY TRY AGAIN 

Just as soon as the Pittsburgh 
National League baseball team 
winds up Its present baseball sea- 
son the Waner Brothers, Paul and 
Lloyd, may take up a vaudeville 
route. 

The brother's won't have to 
bother about a world's series this 
time. They played some lioew 
dates last year. 

p^eggy O'Donnell Recovered 

Peggy O'Donnell, dancer, inca- 
pacitated for the past two years 
through tL fracture of shoulder, blade 
when appearing with Mbns. Alberto 
In a dancing twosome, has recov- 
ered and will shortly return to 
vaudeville. 

She Is heading a dance produc- 
tion with six In support 

SAILY RAND ON LOEW'S TRY 

Sally Rand, with the same act as 
at Keith's Palace, New York, last 
week, opens for Loew Oct. 8 In Bos- 
ton. 

Loew route depends on restut or 
that date. 
Booked through the Jerry Carglll 

"office^ " " ^~ 



Berlin, Sept. 11. 
Willie Passpart Is now a Keith 
booking agent, duly franchised by 
Pat Casey, and authorized to book 
foreign acts In this city or Contl« 
nent f or Keith's. 

Passpart is the only agent In 
Elurope with this privilege. 

Casey visited Berlin with J. J, 
Murdock, meeting Passpart.' He Is 
well known to both of the Keith 
iiien, since years ago when Paas<i 
part booked foreign acts for the 
Orpheum Circuit. 

Passpart, as Willie Passpart was 
better known In New York tome 
years ago. Is another of the horrible 
examples of the former operation of 
the Orpheum and Keith circuits. 
Becoming attached to the Orpheum 
Circuit and acting as its foreign 
booking agent, giving his most loyal 
service and believing In the prom- 
ises of the Orpheum's executives, 
Passpart finally found himself flat 
on the lot in New York. 

He w^as unceremoniously let out 
and his appeals to the Orpheum 
Circuit wei'e utterly disregarded. 
Finally Passpart sued the OrpheUm 
but failed In this also as it idevel- 
oped his agreement had been a per- 
sonal one. Morally the whole thing 
was understood in vaudeville but 
legally Passpart was outdone; 
With no rhoney and his resources, 
exhausted, Passpart had to quit. 
Staked 

Broken In spirit and pocket. Pass- 
part, Instead of having a job for 
life as promised, -ecelyed a gift 
of $200 to go home to Berlin, Martin 
Beck thought he had done Passpart 
quite a favor in staking him to 
$200. Or at least Beck then said 
BO to a Variety reporter. 

In Berlin Passpart, with ail of 
his prestige gone, found It difficult 
to re-6stablish himself aS an agent. 
He finally went to work. i(pr a son- 
in-law, and his existence at this 
time' was miserable. 

Writing to Variety from Berllo. 
Passpart was made a Berlin" cor- 
respondent for Variety, Insurlngr 
him of a little weekly Income, and . 
permitting him to agSiln try ths 
agency business. He succeeded to 
a better degree than previously, for 
Passpart Is a thorough VaudevID*' 
showman. 

The Balancing Wheel 
Passpart some time ago disasso- 
ciated himself from Variety's ser- 
vice, not having the tlnie to continuo 
the correspondence. But. he has 
kept up his nev^s letters at Inter- 
vals and Is still recognized In Ber- 
lin as Variety's variety correspond- 
ent for that city. 

It's a great whirl of the balancing 
wheel that places Passpart back 
where he belongs, as ia Keith for- 
eign booking representative, with 
an agency franchise. There will bo 
foreign performers and others who 
knew Passpart well, regarded him 
as a class Continental, knew his 
ability and what he had done to 
get the deal he did; who will ap- 
plaud the worthy act Pat Casey 
performed in Berlin. 

For Pat also knew all of the facts; 



Ed Janis, Act Maker 
Ed Janls, long In vaude and late 
of "Magic Steps," has become a 
producer. 

janls has plaeod In rehearsal a 
dancing turn, "Steps," with Herb 
DeBell and Winona Winter as prin- 
cipals. 



Harlan -Provost Sketch 

Kenneth Harlan and Marie Pre 
vest, both from pictures, have been 
teamed for vaudeville under man- 
agement of Milt Lewis of Albert 
Lewis, Inc. 

The couple will b« oautPP** with 
Im sketoh. 



Rubin's Term Contract 

V _ Los . Angeles, Oct 2. 



Benny Rubin has signed a term 
contract with Universal. Follow- 
ing his work with F. N.'s ''Ritzy 
Rosle" the m, c. will work on 
"Broadway," He. will serve In a 
general advisory capacity on talk- 
ing and singing pictures; and be- 
sides doing for thS screen some of 
his own short sketches he will work 
on gags for talkers, short and long. 

Rubin at present is m. c. at the 
EJgyptian In Hollywood. As th« 
studio will take up most of his 
time he will abandon his stage 
work for the present. 

FRANCES WHEATON BACK 

Frances Wheaton, formerly with 
Gus Edwards, who left the stage 
several years ago to become tho 
•bride of Frederick Slott, wealthy 
real estate operator, Is scheduled to 
return next month In . vaude, 
"""MIs3"WUeatim"iH=to-appenr=under- 

the management of M, H. Karpcr, 
press agent. Misha Tulin Is stag* 
director of the production. 

Dancers Doubling • 
Marlon and Marlincy, r.;u\tliil1. 
dancers, are at tho CUih .Mir;nlnr. 
New York, doubling I'l-orii v:uiO» 
houses. 



WednescJay, October 3> 1928 



VAUDEVILLE 



VARIETY 



31 



Keith s Former 66pkers and 
Agents Who Have Gone Elsewhere 



Of 37 principal bookors, agents 
;wid executives out either through 
aisrtilssal or reslgnntioh since the 
^assine of the K. F. Albee control; 
of Keith's, 17 ai-e inactive at pres- 
ent, eight have associated them- 
■elyes >vith independent bttlces, 
eight have retired from show busi- 
ness, three have joined Keltli agon-, 
pies still enfranchised and one will 
revert to apting. 

Those currently not doing any- 
thing in particular as far as can be 
•t^idrned : 

■ Reed Alboo, untitled bHiciHl at 
•i25,000 yearly, now helping his ta- 
thei- d<^i'orato .the interiors of thea- 

'tres. . . , 

Ma© Woods, head of the pop 
vaude department, now "laying off 
and reported attempting to affiliate 
with an established booking agency. 

Harry Mondorf. foreign scout and 
booker, now recuperating from a 
nervous breakdown. 

Danny Simmons, head ^booker, 
' now inactive but soon, to return In- 
dependently or go with B. S. Moss, 

• from reports. 

" Dayton Wegefurth. booker, of- 
fered management of Proctor's 5th 
Ave. a,nd the Keith house, in Flush- 
ing, but hasn't accepted. 

• Joe Sheenan, fanniy dept., book- 
' er, last seen doing nothing in Bos- 
ton. ^, 

Ray Myers, assistant to Cteorge 

Godfrey,, idle. 

. Sam Kenny, family dept., and pre- 
■'▼lous to that agency partner oC Jack 

Flynn, same. 
. Nick Feldman, Louis Mosley, 

Montgomery Moses, I..ouis Speil 

• man, Jack McNevin, Treat Mathews 
and Charlie MacKillop, agents, have 

^Inot connected prominently to date. 
•'iOf that number, MacKillop, Speil- 
'■'iihan and Mosley were first dlsen- 
"■"fWinchislJ^d' and later reinstated as 
•""i^slstant-^' agents. They were re- 
leased for a second time only a 
•^"tfek ago. 

Out of Business 
. Out of the MisinoKs permanently 
or for the time, being are:' 

Hisirry Jordan, manager Keith's 
'l»hiladelphia, retired and traveling. 

.Mrs. Elizabeth Oomez. in charge 
of can tracts in pop vaude dept., rc 
tired and pensioned. 
. Pat Woods, booker and brother of 
Mae Woods, has a . political job in 
New York City. 
William HanniJian, booker, re- 
• signed to go with banking house in 
New York. 

Harry Jennings, assistant to Mae 
Woods and aon-In-law of William 
Mitchell, clo.se friend of .B. F. Al- 
bee, now a broker. 

Wllliatn Atwell, agent, now with 
his brother's Atwell Construction 
Co. 

Nat Schack, agent, reported oper- 
ating a handbook. 

John McKee, agent, now believed 
with hla father's advertising agency 
(Sam McKee). 

On the Outside 
Those having remained in vaude 
on the outside: 
' "■ Eddie Darling, booking director of 
Keith's, resigned, nbw reported 
American representative of Reeves 
And Lam port,, th e p ronilnent British 
agencyi " 

Franklin Graham, assistant to 
Wegefarthi Independent agent. 
. . Lester Hamil. a£5slstant to God- 
. frey, now with William Morris. 

Aaron Kesalor, agent, i;ecently 
granted a Loew franchise. 

Lawrence J. Golde, booker, now 
. with William Morris. 

., Walter Kingsley, special press 
.xeprescntative^ now with Zlegfeld. 

P^il Bloom, formerly assistant to 
Godfrey, now a Fox booker. 

The trio of former Keith bookers 
who have affiliated themselves with 
franchised Keith agencies: 

Jules Delmar. booker of southern 
houses known as the "Delmar 
Time," now with Charles Blerbauer, 
Steve Trilling, booker, now with 
Balph Farnum. 

George Godfrey, head Orpheum 
• booker, now associated with Edward 
G. Keller. 

= =.=JEhe=ione=pi>odigal^ son ^to=--return 
Is Jimmy Dimedin, agent, who will 
resume 'lis bicycle a.ct. 



FLASH ACT MALES 
SWAP SOCKS ON TRAIN 



Tommy Mann Hops Warran 
Ash Over Dispute With Girl 
— Act Closes in L A. 



Los Angeles. Oct, 2. 
Warran Ash and Tommy Mann, 
members of "The College Flirt," 
vaude act, playing the Junior Or- 
pheuni time; started a free-for-all 
on the train between Oakland and 
Los Angelies. result intc in Ash being 
put out of the running and the act. 
cancelling its appearance ' at the 
Hillstreet theatre here after the first 
matinee. 

Fracas is said . to have started 
when Ash and (ray La Salle, femme 
member of the troupe, got into a 
row. Ash, started .slashing the cur-- 
tains of Miss LaSalh-'s berth, Mann 
stepped in with both nsts and the 
two mixed it to a linish. winding 
up in the dining car with some fur- 
niture' smashed. Asli took the count 
and left the train at San Lui.s 
Obispo, later following the company 
here. 

Mann tried to put on the act at 
the Hillstreet with six people but 
couldn't make it. Meanwhile Ash 
entered a comi)laint a>,'ainst M;inn 
as representative for. Kclshon Pro- 
ductions, owners of tlio ai t. boforo 
the State Labor Commission do- 
manding transportation back to Now 
York. Ash appeared before tlie com- 
mission swathed in bandages and 
limping with a canie. Case was dis- 
missed on grounds tli;' t A.sh brought 
his disability upon himself. 

Chief little Hawk Carved 
Initials on Girl's Breast 




MISS PATRICOLA 

Headlining Entire Loew Circuit 
Exclusive management 
Johnny Collins 
.160 West 46th- St, N. T, . . 



Waters and Dancer's 

Double Saparation 

In Ha ri em where the colored prp- 
fessioi-.aUs n^eet, it is said that Earl 
Dancer and Ethel Waters have 
.parted in a business way. Miss 
Waters is Mrs. Dancer in private 
life, with the report the separation 
may beconve permanent in two 
ways. 

IVIiss Waters is in vaude, doing a 
single, while Dancer la managing 
the new all-colored show, "Deep 
Harlem." 



Another inside bit of Harlem gos- 
sip is thiit , Cora Green and . Ham - 
tree Harrington also have had a 
differonce of opinion regardinig 
tiieir stage work. Thie, GreenrHar- 
rin.gton combination is one of the 
(>ldo><t in colored theatricals. 



The Talking Short Puzzle 

A brand now asp.vt . to tbe m.at'ter of tlie lalUimi .sli.wis ."ind 
vaudeville acts is tln^ po.ssibility of a surjilus of aols ihrmiVh tl^. 
playing of the shorts as subsUtutes for iiuman Uirn.s. or tlu", 
lessoned demand for aot.s from various reasons. 'I'he two prinripjil 
reixsons are' change of policy or substituted shorts. 

It brings up the huitter of exclu.siveness by vaudeville acts. lOven 
though an act goes on a talking .short wiih niaterlal it is not cur- 
rently using on the stage and perhaps with no Intention of again 
empipyirig the material used on the short, yet the act is on public 
view, via slibrt.'j. Through liiut an act may create a lessened de- 
mand for its stage services. .- Other side is that there could be the 
possibility of an act on a iihort leaving an Impression , making it 
more desirable for stn^e use. This, latter is not hopeful enough to 
be common or considered., ~ 

-Provided- therp: is an over-supply of acts for vaude houses' as 
seems Ijkely with such ,an, o'ver-supply already reported in part, 
iiitv eliancoa are that v;iude bookers ihay, give preference to turns 
not having appeared as a talking short, where that turn is riot an 
established name act. Iii that case un .-ict exclusively vaudeville, 
not. showing in a canned short, might be in more demand than if 
plitying all over in the wired houses as a talker. 

It brings the non-uilking short acts against the point whether 
it is. niore desirable to be known as an exclusive foV vaudeville, or, 
if going on the talking records, to ask for more money for the ser- 
vice than has been. offered of late by the talking short makers. . 

.The latter would be through the reasoning, that a talkinig short 
can not help an act in stage engagements. Since it can. not help 
it might harm, and the act tliereby believes it is justllled, In getting 
all it can from its iirst short. As a matter of fact the act may not 
be called for a second short, while Its first shprt can play on for- 
'evei'. 

,'As iiame, headline and fea;luro acts may be aloof from this 
wori-y, but the mai5s of vaude turn.s appears to be .afCected for the 
future over it. 



Keith s,WaslL,Switchu^ from 2-a-Day 
To 4-a Day Oct. 7; 2 Weeks of Losses 



— > 



AUEZ-OOP MISS CAUSE 
OF ACROBATS' DIVORCE 



CO-OP. VAUDE HOUSE 

Musicians and Booth; Operator 
Share in Profit* 



Muffed Leap Has Backstage 
Reaction— Writ for Arrest of 
H. 0. Rycroft Over Son 



Marcellus, Hawkin. 30. 400 West 
57th street, who claims to be a 
Seneca Indian Chief, also an en- 
tertainer, w^is held in $20,000 bail 
for the Grand Jury in West Side 
Court on a charge of felonious as- 
sault. , , ' 

Hawkin, known as Chief Little 
Hawk, was arrested by Detective 
William Carlson, on complaint of 
Margaret Rice, 210 East 77th street, 
dancer Miss llice charged that the 
chief carved his Initials ' in her 
breast with a can opener after he 
discovered she had lied to him. 

According to the story in court. 
Miss Rice has known the chief for 
about a year. Sept. 23 the chief 
secured a professional dancing en- 
gagement for her. When phoning 
he was unable to reach her. The 
following day he questioned her 
and she 13 said to have told him she 
was home all evening. 

Hawkin made an Investigation 
and discovered Miss Rice had 
signed a register as being out all 
that evening. When she visited 
him the following day be, blackened 
both her eyes, she said. The next 
day iwrsehtr^for her and, she swore, 
he again upbraided her for being 
untruthful, impressing upon her 
that it was a terrible thing among 
Indians to lie. ^ vi 

Miss Rice said he the crtrved his 
initials upon her breast with a can 

opener. . . 

Little Hawk admitted he had 
struck her and al.^o that he had 
carved her. He said she .con.sented 
when he told her it was tho custom 
among Indians to brand their wom- 
en when they, found untruthful. He 
insisted that he did not understand 
why he Was being jailed inasmuch 
as she had consented to the opera.- 
tion, and as he, had not used a 

knife. , - 

Miss Rice did not say whether 
she had consented or not. She did 
not appear vindictive and several 
times during the trl.'il glanced over 
at the Indian in not an unfn-r'dly 
manner. 



For the first time in the annals of 
.show business a vaude hotise is 
being operated on a; co-operative 
basis between employer atid em- 
ployees. This is the local Amer- 
ican, a former Orphpum Circuit 
break- in site. 

George Burdick, who at one time 
was manager of this house for Or 
plifcum. has taken over the theatre 
in partnership with the musicians 
iind booth operator, the three facr 
tions splitting and sharing alike on 
both profits and losses. Arrange- 
ment Is unique, inswmuch as the 
operator and musicians get . paid 
their regular union scale wages Just 
the same. 



Mrs. Golden Suddenly 
Withdraws Divorce Bill 

Chicago, Oct. 2 
In the midst of the pdud-hurllng 
In tho divorce suit of Golden versus 
Golden, Violet Golden, dancer, noti- 
fied Attorney Ben Ehrllch that she 
desired to withdraw her crossbill, 
temporarily at least. 

Maurice Golden, son of Meyer 
Golden, vaude producer, had filed 
suit -for divorce against .Violet, on 
charges of adultery. She returned 
a similar complaint In a crossbill, 
adding that her husband's family 
had conspired against her . to help 
him secure a divorce. , Mrs. Gblden's 
notification that, isftie wants the dl 
vorce help up brings an unexpected 
halt to a' case that has been fea 
tured by , bitterness on both sides 



Chicago, Oct. 2. 
■ ' TfouKles peculiar to acrobats are 
beiiig.'"afred here in the suit . for 
divoircV started by Mrs. Vivian Atro 
against: Sam AtrP on charges of 
cruelty. 

Mrs. Atro flhishes the act with 
a .leap to hubby after the conven- 
tional alle«-oop signal. . But in one 
thcatte she leaped before he ooped 
and knocked Sam down. Backstage 
Sam is said to have become ex- 
ceedingly riled over the flop finish, 
giving vent to his feelings by maul- 
ing Vivian. She is represented by 
Attorney Ben B. Davis. 

Writ of attachment for the arrest 
of Herbert D. Rycroft, one of the 
heirs to a $3,500,000 estate left by 
his father, Herbert 12. Rycroft, was 
issued here by Judge Joseph Sabath 
on petition of Rycroft's dlViprced 
wife, Grace Steel Rycroft, former 
chorus girl and artists' model. Mrs 
Rycroft claims her husband is vio- 
lating the terms of her decree by 
retaining custody of their five 
year-did son. Rycroft has remar 
rled and Is living in California. 

Attorney for the husband said the 
child was enjoying an environment 
his mother could not give him, but 
Jxidge Sabath interrupted to state 
that Mrs. Rycroft's apartment was 
suflicient, and that a mother means 
more to her son than the blfik out- 
doors. 

Mrs. Rycroft secured her dii/iprcc 
on grounds of de.sertlon. . She Is 
best known as the original model 
for ' that schoolgirl complexion." 



Washington, Oct. J. 
KoUh'3, novy, in , its third week of 
twp-a-day vaude with grind week 
ends, will be all grind next week, 
with the acts doing four perform- 
ances daily, , 

It is the first switch on the Keith 
circuit of the reihaugurated blgr 
time policy with the commencement 
of the seaiisoni The week-end grind, 
however, did not place the. house In 
the big-time class. Rather It w;a8 
called the reserved-seat policy, 
.Keith selling reset-ved seats during 
the weekdays. 

In Its first week of the changed 
policy Kdlth'a did $7,000. Last week 
It did around $B*0Op, That repre- 
sented loss on , the two wPeks of 
$13,000. 

Keith's pverhcad Is about $14,000 
weekly. Of that the vaude arid pic- 
ture cost $5,500y with . rPnt $2,600, 
along -with house upkeep, advertis- 
ing, etc. 



$2S,600 in Brooklyn 

Keith's best grosser around New - 
York last week was the Albee, 
Brooklyn, with "King of Kings" the 
picture attraction, doing $28,000. Its 
usual gross is between $23,000 and 
$24,000, but it is how up against the 
added opposition of Fox's new. 4,500- 
seatcr In the same section. 

bf the Manhattan's Keith's under 
the new two-a-day policy with grind 
week ends, both playing a full week, 
Keith's Riverside did $8,500 and 
Keith's 81st Street $10,000. Kach 
house just about broke- evpn. 

There Is a chance that the 81st 
Street may return to a split week, 
with a possibility of the Riverside 
doing likewise. 



Ink King's Daughter 

Lisboth fLisbeth and Clifford), 
daughter of Charles M. Higgins, the 
mk king, makes her vaude debut at 
the Riverside, Xew York next week 
in an act with Statler'a Tennsyl- 
vaniajus. 



Kahl-Levy Stock Co. 



Chicago, Oct. 2 
Sam Kahl and A.s<-her U'vy, for- 
merly a.s,sociatfd with the Orpheum 
Circuit, are operating a stork com- 
pany in tho P.laclvstone thea'.r^ 
South IJend, Ind; 



Two Single Morgans 

Jim and Betty Morgan, Who re- 
cently dissolved their vaude double, 
remain In vaude but as singles. Jirn 
broke in his new turn last week. 
Meanhlle Betty, who finished a 
yeiar's contract In making Perfect 
disc records, Is taking up a new 
record contract with the Columbia 
Phonograph Co. 

Betty will appear with a pianist. 
Jim iriay add a girl to his act within 

the fprtnlght^ j 

"'f'lie former wIIThoF igo^'fir from 
N'ew York In her proposed variety 
work a-s she must be near the 
offices of the Columbia. 



EDDIE MORAN'S MISHAP 

Coal Passer Killed When Stepping 
In Front of Moran's Car* 



Patricola in Chi Film House* 
Chicago, Oct. 2. 

M.irlcM Bros, have booked Isab*'l 
I P;itrii>ola for the Granada and 
1 Marbro ui'jatrea. beginning 06C 13. 



Newark, N. J., Oct, 2, 
Kdaic Moran, comedian, at the 
Stanley, Jersey City, and Branford, 
N'ewark, killed Tony Skoneczkl^ coal 
pas.ser of this city, while driving his 
i>ar on Passaic street. 

Moran asserts he wag driving 
.slowly. Evidence offered by a wit- 
■nn.sa -indicatea Mora n- W.as -no.t ^tp: 
blame. He maintains the man 
stepped In front of the car from the 
curb without warning. 

Moran was held on a charge of 
manslaughter and released in cus- 
tody of Al Maraaux, pitcher for the 
Newark team. 

With Moran at the time of the 
^r-cldent was Marjory II ii;gih5», then 
i playing at the Brjuu'oid. 



Edna Usher Takes Poison; 
Condition Not Serious 



Pldna i.fsher, 23, actress in viUide, 
Hotel Markwell, 220 West 49th 
street, was taken ' to .BclievucHos- 
pItal suffering from iodine , poison 
which she awallowo4 while: in a' 
phone booth in Boyor's drug stoi-Q 
at 729 7th avenue. V 

Shortly after she liad entered, the 
store and purchased the poison she 
entered the booth and then start<-d 
to walk to the street, when she 
collapsed. Persons first to roach 
her side noticed her moulli seared 
with the poison. 

A call was sent to Bellevue Hos- 
pital, While awaiting the arrival 
of Dr. Wyant, drug store employees 
adrtiinistorcd an emetic. At tho 
hospital her condition is not be- 
-li/>-ved=to -=be=s(i[:lo USt:^ 



Whether the iodine was taken by 
ai-ciilent or with suicidal intent wa.s 
not determined by the police. 



IRENE FEANKLIN'S SHORTS 

Irene Franklin is the latest rc- 
t-rult to talkfrs. 'I'lii- red lierul will 
pvobably sign to do slioris for l":ii- 
vjisaL 



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VARIETY 



Wednesday, October 3, 1928 








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VARIETY 



VAUDEVILLE 



Wednesday, October 3, 1928 





ents; 
on Lay Off Time 



PAN WILL DROP NINE 
AGENTS IN TWO WEEKS 



• It looks as ihonsh the majoi-ity of 
former Jvolth agents who have been 
struggling along in the independent 
field will eithof have to starve to 
death or desert the show business. 

Practioally all., the agents who 
have tried the independent field 
have the same story to tell, After 
they have niiuiaged to sell a num- 
ber of acts they lind that they can- 
not deliver, as the acta are holding 
off to see if the Keith agqnts can 
do something for them. 

The. former Keith agents are un- 
familiar with the Indie field, and 
have their heads filled with Keith 
prices and. other Keith ideas. Most 
of the agents ai*e considering their 
attempts ah entire waste of time. 
Along with the agents, former vauile 
performers are giving up show . busi- 
ness. Work has become so uncer- 
tain they have finally taken jobs in 
other lines. A number of the wom- 
en now work in shoi)s and^ the mefl 
take anything they can get. 

Three former vaude performers 
are now taxi drivers. They say they 
can make jlO Or $11 a day that Ayay 
and It is better than starving on 
the lay-off time. 



KEITH OFFICE MOVE 

^ Keith executive offices will be 
moved to' the new quarters on the 
seventh and eighth floors of the 
Bond Building within a week or 
two. 

Only the booking department, will 
remain in the ' Palace Building. A 
tunnel leading to the sixth (book- 
ing) floor of the Palace connects 
the two structures. 



Vaude-Film Deal Between 
Piazza and R & R. Pending 



Chic^ago, Oct. 2, 
A dOiVl betvvcon Ben Piazzaj head 
of the K-O western ofllce, and 
I'Mnkoisloiii ' llubih- regiLrd'ing 

booking of pictures and vaudeville 
is understood to be pending. Deci- 
sion awaits the arrival of J, J. Mur- 
dock and Pat Casey from abroad. 

It Is reported F. & R. will turn 
over its Important vaudeville book- 
ing.s to K-O and piade a deal for 
certain FBO 'and Palhe pictures in 
exchange for a protective clause 
stipulating that K-O will not build 
tlieatros . in DuUith, Minn., and 
Sioux Kails. S. D. 

Daily Acts for Publicity 

Keith's publicity department is 
now supplied with a li.st of va,ude- 
ville bookings daily. The list In- 
cludes all acts, current and future, 
booked that daj' and covers the en- 
tire circuit. 

Heretofore bookings have riot been 
delivered to the exploitation staff 
until two or three days after booked. 
The new arrangement permits al- 
most immediate work on press 
stuff. 



Goo. Lukes' Book 

George Lukes, former assistant 
to Tirik Humphrey in Chicago, is 
now booking Philadelphia, Balti- 
more, Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo 
and Toronto for Keith's. 



Find Inactive Faction Selling 
Acts Indie Dates on Promise 
of Following Pan Routes 



. Pantagos Circuit is planning a 
,shake-up which will delete at lea.st 
nine of its 19 enfranchised agents. 
i:)eletIonB wlir be based upon Inac- 
tivity, as circuit heads figure some 
of the boys are merely using their 
Pan franchise to corral standard 
acts for independent bookings upon 
promise oT a following Pan route. 

Pan office has' been compiling n 
check on the inaotlves and acts 
going for the independent dates, 
plus the promise, have registered 
complaints. 



Carrell Agency Methods Denounced; 
Not Fooling Acts, Agents or Mgrs. 



Fox's Star and Elizabeth 
Not Booked by Jack Loeb 

Through a recent complaint by 
Fox and Gardner against .the man- 
agement of Fox's Sta-, New York, 
the act ailegingr the Star's man- 
ager I'oke faith with, them 6n a 
promised engagement, the impres- 
sion went forth that the F6x offices 
via Jack W. Ixteb are l?ooking the 
house. 

The house is booked by Jack Al- 
len in the Fally Markus offlces. Fox 
and Gardner were not sent to the 
Star by Allen. The boys endeavored 
to mz^te the booking direct and 
when given the air, thought they 
should go higher .up for an account- 
ing. 

Loeb neither bopks the Star nor 
Fox's Elizabeth, N. J, also on Al- 
len's books. 



Greeley Sq. All-Sound; 
Loew's Film Houses Too 



For some time Locw has been 
playing vaude as a part of the regu- 
lar daily, program at Loew's Greeley 
Square, New York. Next Saturday 
vaude will be dropped and the ho.use 
win use talkers with the first sub- 
ject being "Glorious Betsy" (War.) 

Other Loew houses going Into 
-Sound films on the same date but 
which are. straight picture houses 
are the 83d Street, 86 th Street, 
Spooner theatre, the 116th, Victory, 
and Elsemere. 

At the outset the addition of the 
talkers will only Include the talking 
shorts. Lengthy subjects may be 
plaj'ed later. 



23d St. Back? 

Proctor's 23d Street, New York, 
is slated to return to its f oi-mer 
vaudfilm policy in November. 

The house scrapped vaude for 
films three seasons ago. 



JOE BUHMAN'S OWN TURN 

Chicago, Oct. 2. 
Joe Burman, former bantam- 
weight champ, did not go with Ed- 
die Borden's act as previously re- 
ported. Burman is making his de- 
but on the stage in an. act titled 
"The Knockout," presented by Art 
Van, formerly with Borden. Art 
includes Chris George, former light- 
weight, Ruth Alice Selznick and 
Van. 



Chicago, Oct. 2, . 

Buying of acts at cut prices by 
the C. L. Carrell Agency Is prov- 
ing a boomerang for the acts. It 
has brought denunciation of Car- 
rell by acts, Independent circuits 
and agents In the midwest. 

Carroll's reported methods Include 
persimding ah act to do Wm a favor 
in accepting a ciit for houses ho 
is booking on percentage, promis- 
ing to make up for it by paying 
the act more in other houses. : 

Carrell then sends the cut-price 
contracts to other Independent cir- 
cuits and house owners, it ' is 
claimed, purporting to show how 
managers using tiie same acta from 
other source are paying more; 
money. 

Carrell also puts in a direct fee 
of 10 per cent, against the acts, 
leaving the agents to collect what 
they can. • He has used these meth- 
od.s to such advantage for himself 
and detriment to acts and rival 
iagencles that the lndepf»ndent 
agents ' association at oii" time, 
barred his office. 

Recently independent house man- 
agers were flooded with cut-rate, 
contracts- and a list of 50 acts, 
comparing, salaries paid by other 
independents with those paid by 
Carrell. 

The Carrell circuit was practic- 
ally defunct last year. Some of the 
ihdepiendent agents raised enough 
money tti take oyer the business. 
The circuit was found to be In such 
poor condition, the agents withdrew 
their subscribed bankroll, and Car- 
rell had to sign notes for the money 
already used. 



RESUME OF THE TRIAL OF 



Hal-JEROME and GRAY-Gloria 

APPEARING AT KEITH'S PALACE, NEW YORK, THIS WEEK (OCT. 1) 



•r-veraut-r^- 



THE GENERAL PUBLIC 



District Attorney— When did you turn professional, Mr. Jerome T ' 
Mr. Jerome — On leaving the Ran time about 3 years ago. 

D. A. — Isn't it a known fact you flopped on the Interstate Circuitf 
Mr. Jerome— And three consecutive times in Dayton and Louisville. 

D. A. — You still think you have a good vaudeville act? 
Mr. Jerome— Yes; vye have never been in pictures. 

D. A. — Why are you playing the Palace this week? 
Mr. Jerome — We are breaking our jump from Los Angeles to London, Englandj^ 

D. A. — Do you think your act will go at the Victoria-Palacie? 
Mr. Jerome — I fear nothing after playing Amarillo, Texas. 

D. A. — What .well known "names" have you followed successfully in ths next -to-closing position? 
Mr. Jerome — Elsie Janis — Charlotte Greenwood— Joe Mendi — Fox News— Bert Lyt^li — Pat Rooney-rPathe Weekly — Eddie Leonard — Robinson's Ele- 
phants — Eugene O'Brien — Elliot Dexter — ^"Slim" Timblin — Edna Wallace Hopper — a hundred others and we are also very popular with 
the ushers in the balcony. 
D. A. — Have you ever had any production offers? 
Mr. Jerome— I refuse to work on the Columbia or Mutual wheel. 

D. A. — Do you attribute your success to yeast cakes? 
Mr. Jerome — Absolutely NOT — but to three other reasons, namelyi HAL JEROME and GLORIA GRAY on the stage — Chas. Morrison, K-A-0 Repre- 
sentative. 

His Honor — Bailiff — Instruct every Casting Director and producer in New York City to catch this act this week. Recesa. 
Sailing Midnight, Oct. 12, on S. S. Lapland to study the European Oq uor siluaH^^ Lamport, London 



PALACE, CHICAGO, THIS WEEK (SEPT. 30) 

NOT A MASTER OF CEREMONIES 




CONRAD 



AND 



MARION 




For Anything Pertaining to Show Business^ See JACK CURTIS (Our Jake) 



Wednesday, October 3, 1928 VARIETY «5 



36 



VARIETY 



VAUDEVILLE 



Wednesday, October 3, 1928 



Loews Bookers Uncertain as to 
Talldng Shorts in Vaude Houses 



A policy of "feeling the way" will 
guide Loew's in operating Its wired 
houses. For the present, talking 
ehotts will be used only In picture 
houses. There ; will be no general 
or Immediate change In the ppfera- 
tlon of vaudeville theatres with the 
exception of the Greeley Square. . 

Officials of Loew's will not state 
definitely that talking shorts are or 
are not a possible, substitute for 
acts in their houses. One report 
mentioned Loew neighborhood 
houses as playing three regular 
acts and three shorts. This is still 
a possibility if in "feeling the way" 
Loew's decides It is de.'iirable. 

Western Electric will complete 
wiring of 47 Loew houses in -Greater 
!ifew York on November 10. Melba, 
Brooklyn, and New Rochelle are 
already wired. Loew's fur. string 
in the metropolitan area is 63 
theatres. Those now wiring arid 
tho dates set for placing equipment 



into operation, are: 


Oct. 4, 


86th St. 


II 


4, 


83d St. 


«l 


4. 


New.irk 


• 1 


6, Greeley 






Square 


l« 


7, 


Victoria 


If 


8, 


Spooner 


II 


10, 


Elsmere 


«< 


11. 


Delancey 


ti 


12, 


Metro- 






politan 


II 


12, 


116th St 


II 


13. 


Gates 


«l 


13, 


Yonkers 


«< 


14. 


Boro 






Park 


II 


15. 


Mt. Ver- 






non 


$$ 


16, 


Burland 


«l 


18, 


Ave. B 


CI 




Oriental 






7th Ave. 


II 


21, Lexington 


II 


22, 


Orpheum 


II 


23, 


Alpine 


M 


24, 


Coney 






Island 


tl 


24, 


Palace 


II 


26. In wood 


44 


26, 


Woodslde 



tt 


27. 


State, 






■N. .Y. 


ti 


27 


Freeman 


44 


29. 


WiUard 


14 


29. 


Circle. 


Nov. 1, 


Boule- 






vard 


If 


3, 


42d St. 


II 


3, 


Commo- ■ 






dore 


fl 


3, 


Warwick 


II 


3, 


Rio 


II 


4, 


New ^ 






. York 


II 


5, 


Lincoln 






Sq. 


il 


6. 


Burnside 


II 


6. 


National 


<l 


7, 


Plaza 


II 


7, 


Broad- 






way, 






Bklyn, 


44 


7, 


Brevoort 


II 


8,' Grand 


If 


8, 


HllLside 


ri 


9. 


Bedford 


II 


9. 46th St. 


fl 


9. 


Kameo 


If 


10. 


Fair- 






mount 



Sam H. Abrams, PBO branch 
manager at Milwaukee has re- 
signed. He may go to Los Angeles. 



"Kings" in Keith's 

, Cuts Out Act or Two 

With "The King; of Kings" (non- 
sound) booked In for the New York 
Keith houses the, last half of this 
week, excepting the Palace, the 
Keith booker, Jeff Davis, Is neces- 
sarily lopping off an act or two in 
some to permit the film Its full 
running time. 

The "King" jplcture runs 101 min- 
utes. 

The picture will not be shown 
Sunday (October 7) as a new show 
opens on . that date under the new 
booking scheme of the Keith of- 
fices. 



Yates Office Split 

Irving Yates vaudeville ollice will 
probably divide into several now ar- 
rangements with the deflection of 
Yates to legitinaate producing, Irv-. 
Ing Tishman has already quit and 
it is expected that a new office will 
be opened by Tishnian and Jimmy 
O'Neal. 

Charles Yates will take over the 
vaudeville end and Irving will 
operate separately as a legit pro- 
ducer. Ted Wing is acting on the 
latter's behalf as company manager 
of "The K. Guy." 

Larry Lawrence will go with one 
of the two vaude-offlces. 



Kingsway Opens Sunday 

KIngsway, Coney Island avenue 
and Kings Highway, Schwartz 
house, will hereafter open its new 
show Sundays Instead of Mondays. 
The house plays five acts on a split 
week basis, booked by Boh Burns 
In thfe New York Pan office. 

Nearly all the Schwartz houses 
start their vaude-fllm bills on Mon- 
days. 



High-Low Bally 



Having trie<l giants and even 
men on stilts as ballhooer, 
midgets ai-e now getting a 
break, in that particular line of 
:endcavor. Loew's this week In- 
stalled a uniformed small man 
to work opposite a six-footer 
in calling attention to the State 
theatre box offices. 

Broadway strollers out on a 
picture shopping tour are apt 
to find themselves knee high 
In midgets If the idea catches 
on along the main stem. 



KEITH'S COUNTER SUIT 
AGAINST READE-STORRS 



-JOE SMITH'S KEITH JOB 



Watching Bills for Recommenda- 
tions — Also Staging 



Joseph C. Smith, former stager of 
dances for musicals, has been added 
to the staff of Keith's with a rov- 
ing comnais^lon to watch shows and 
recommend improvements. 

Smith, in addition may supervise 
staging of units projected by Keith's 
production department. 



Vaude Left in Poll's 



Of the 20 Poll houses acquired by 
William Fox about eight are under 
long term lease. Of tho remainder 
I^'ox will inaugurate a de luxe policy 
In four. New Haven, Bridgeport, 
Hartford and Worcester, 

Fox has decided not to let sound 
completely supplant vaudfevillei He 
intends to have live acts In the ma- 
jority of his New England holdings 
except In cities like Bridgeport, 
where there are three theatres. 



FUKEY, PAN AGENT 

Charles Furey, erstwhile Keith 
agent, deleted In the recent reor- 
ganization regime, has been 
awarded a Pantages Circuit agency 
franchise. 



MORE MIDNITE ATIDITIONS 

Ben Lundy and Abe Meyers will 
resume their Tuesday midnight 
auditions at the Eafl Carroll, New 
York, Oct, 9. 

Start at 12, as many acts as they 
can get and stop when acts run out. 



Burt Not East 

Ah intention to import Glenn 
Burt from Chicago to represent 
Harry Rogers on the Keith floor In 
New York have been temporarily 
dropped. 



Through its attorney, Maurice 

Goodman, the 'B. F. Keith Co'rpora- 

tion has filed suit In the Supreme 

Court of New York seeking a Judg- 
ment of $32,500 against Frank V. 
Storrs a.nd $7,500 against Walter 
Reade, together with interest on 
$40,000 advanced to the Trenton- 
New Brunswick Theatres Co. since 
last May. , 

The suit is in the nature of a 
counter claim by the vaude chain 
following close o'ti the heels of the 
suit brought, by Reade and Storrs 
in the Chancery Court of New Jer- 
sey, in which tCclth's is asked to 
show cause why a receiver should 
not be appointed for the five 
theatres of the company. The New 
Jersey action has been postponed 
twice, and is no'w scheduled for 
hearing before Vice -Chancellor 
Backes in Newark, October 9, 

Papers filed In the latest action 
cite that in April, 1922, Keith's en- 
tered into an agreement with the 
defendants to operate a group of 
New Jersey theatres. Storrs agreed. 
It is alleged, that in the event of 
losses in operation he would lend 
the corporation not more than 
$37,500, while Reade would advance 
$12,500. These advances were to be 
repaid out of the profits of the 
corporation with five percent in- 
terest before any dividends were 
declared. 

Last May, the papers state, Storrs 
associated with Reade in various 
theatrical enterprises and realty 
holdings in addition to' controlling 
the New Theatre Program Com- 
pany, advanced -$5,000 to the corpo- 
ration, while Reade kicked in with 
a sinriilar amount, when losses be- 
gan to occur and continued. 

Thereafter the complaint adds, 
Storrs and Reade refused to ad- 
vance additional money fot the op- 
eration of the theatres and it be- 
came necessary for the B. F. 
Keith Corporation to lend the 
Trenton-New Brunswick Theatres 
Company $10,000 in May, $15,000 in 
June, and $15,000 In August 

Clainiing that Keith's has per- 
formed all the conditions of its 
agreement with Storrs and Reade in 
the operation of the five theatres, 
the vaude circuit demands a total 



Met, Boston, May Close 
Or Reorganize by Oct. 15 

Metropolitan Booking Offices, In- 
dependent vaude booking agency, 
may either fold up or undergo re- 
organization by October 16. 

The Met was organized as an 
adjunct to the Walters-Denlsh- 
Frisco Agency, Boston, to serve aa 
an eastern outlet under an Inter- 
change of act arrangement. The 
Met had been angling for bookings 
of independent houses in and 
around New York, but with little 
success in sewing any up. 

Joe Sullivan, former Keith agent, 
organized the Met. Harry Padden, 
former booker for Amalgamated, 
was aligned with Met until several 
months ago. 



Acts in ' Units 

. Keith's production department's 
pair of units, around Ken Murray 
and the MosconI Brothers has 
Webb's Entertainers (band), Ma- 
harana, Jeanette Reed and an Edith 
Mae Capes chorus with Murray. 
Mosconi unit has Crawford and 
Broderick, Parks and Ford and 
Ora and Company. 



judgment against, them of. $40,000 
plus interest and costs. 

The result of the action brought 
by Reade and Storrs in New Jersey, 
due for trial earlier than tho suit 
instituted by Keith's, will most 
likely have a bearing on the 
counter-suit proceedings. 



TINSEL 
METAL CLOTH 

FOR DROPS 

36 in. wide at 75o a yd. and np 

A full line of sold and allver bro- 
cadea, metal clottaa, gold aad allver 
trlmmlnga, rhineatonea, a p ai n c > • a. 
tlgbtB, opera taose, etc.. etc. for atace 
costamea. Samples upon request. 

J. J. Wylie & Bros^ Inc. 

(Soeoeatiora to SievnuiB * Well) 
18-20 East 27th Street 
NEW YORK 



THIS WEEK m. 1), KEmrS PALACE, IWW YORK 




KNIGHT 



THE ORIGINAL HOT MAN 



Production Representative, HARRY BESTRY 



Vaudeville Representatives, MORRIS & FEIL 



LOXXIE MAYER 

PRKSISNXS AMERICA'S ORKATI8T AQTTATIC SPKCTACLH: 

THE FAMOUS HIPPODROME DISAPPEARING WATER BALLET 

"WHERE DO THEY GO?'* 

KEN WABriKLP, M«R.. 4S47 BEHNAR1> ST., CHICAGO. UJ« KOW FLAYINO KEITH-AI.BKB-OBPHBUM CUtCUIT 



Wednesday, October 3, 1928 



VAUDEVILLE 



VARIETY 



37 



Wire Forces Out Vaude 
Loew's in at Richmond 

Vaudeville has been taken out of 
the follpwing Loow houses: Bir- 
minffhJUii, Pittsburgh. EulTalo. 
Syracuse, Detroit, Columbus, and 
the State, Cleveland. All these 
houses have been wired, or. will be 
in the near future, for talking pio- 
turies. ' 

Vaudeville will be placod in the 
I.oew house in Richmond, Va., 
October 1. 

JUDGMENTS 

Lyric Qperating Co., Iric, .los. and 
Jacob Oppf"l't'i"icr; T. C. Naiiglilon ; 

$2,627. 

Ritz Laboratories, Inc.; Agfa Ruav 
Film Corp.: 51,430, . 

Louis N. Jaffe and JaffcArl ThV- 
alre Corp.; Sobcl & Krau-s, !»(>.. 

$340. ■ . , 

Wm. Anthony McGuire; .1. pol- 

ioase; $5,604. . _ . . 

Lewis J. Selznick; A. xL vv»riss; 
$1,059. 

Lambert Theatre Corp.; 

Crimniins; $10,529. 



D. 



JEANNE 
UPHAM 

with the 

UPHAM 

WHITNEY 
REVUE 

Week Sept. 23 

STATE LAKE, CHICAGO 

Touring 
Keith-Orpheum Circuit 

Direction ALEX GERBER 



ILL AND INJURED 

Jerry Shea, Tdledo li-ilu privnoicr. 
r^'oovoring fri)rn a rcrt-nt ilhu'ss. 

Clay Clcini'Tit ri-coM-rinu: froni (i),- 
cratioii ror apjKMidii ji N ;ii Alt. 
h(j.s)ntal. 

■KUiart Uohson, assi^uuit sia^ir 
tnaniigcr of "Kosaiio,'.' in Ji-wlsh 
.Memorial hospital with pni'Unionia. 

I'hil Uyan, manager Mctropoliinn 
studio in Ilfjllywocul, just rooovcT- 
ing froiii an infected j.xw following 
a . tooth pulling, slipiiod as ho' 
stepped from his cor and broke a 
bono in his right foot. Walking on 
crutclios. 

Klotfhor Hoiidorson, riM'onlly 
•se-voroly injured, is inipro\ vd. , and 
.at his home, 228 \V(>sf. lyiuh street, 
New York. 

Nell Kelly collapsed during tln^ 
final performance ot "l'ps-a-l.)aisy'' 
in Philadtdphia l.ast week. tSlii^ will 
be out of the cast until the middle of 
this week. Kobbie I'cM-kins replaces 
Show cun-ent in Xowark. 

P^leanor Barnes,, fashion writer 
Cor Fi)-st .Nat iona.r studios, struck 
by a nrotorfycle and suffered brok- 
en arms and other injniios. She is 
recovering in the Hollywood Hos- 
pital. 

P.uddy Messenger (st-rocn). oper- 
ated upon for appendieitis'at lloUy- 
wood (Cai;) llo.spital Sept, 26. • 

Jacqiieline ,I-i0gan operated upon 
for appendicitis at Hollywood (Cal.). 
Hospital Sept. 26. . 

Marie Pettu.s, actres.s, lecovering 
\from an operation for appendicitis 
at her rooms in St. .lames Hotel, 
New York City. 

(Jeorge Wecdon, of the Pat Casey 
agency, had three lingers on his 
right h.'ind. badly crushed by the 
.slamniing of an. auto door. H.^rold 
Kemp and Wayne Christy also had 
their hands hurt in auto mishaps. 



JUST TWO HALVES 



Actor' (to agent): "tlut two 
halves for $1." 

Agent: "Sure. Poughkcep.«io 
and Kewburgh," . 



Houses Opening 



on 



Vaudeville Artists 

When In or near Detroit we 

FRANK GILLEN 

For ORIOLE TERRACE 

and EXCX,U.SIVE CIvUBS 
Addretto Oriole Terrace, Detroit 



meORPORATIONS 



■New York ' 
Aniericiui. MunIc Dmnui, Manliattan 
ITC.OOO; Jucqucfl Sanioasoud, Kli^^abtuh 
P. Nnsh, Ida GoUl.stpin. 

^"alrninn Music rul>llnlilnir Co., Man 
hat tan. 200 sh.-irps; Joseph M. Sonfeld, 
MlUan Mallnisky, Maxwell GoldHteln. 

y\m«iri<'an Spoiifj Stadlnm, Manhattan 
2,000 shares; Isabelle G. WrlRht, Charles 
A. CorblM. John P. Mct'abe. 

J^lbrubell AmuNement t'on».. New York 
6,850 shares; R. M. Abcle.s, .S. A. Felr, 
R. EllaBberR-. 

Aliluart . AmnNement Corp., New Tork 
$2,500; Samuel Poses, Milton Kali, Flora 
niombcrff. 

Kermiin Tlieatrc, Inc., Brooklyn 
opcr.TS, dramas, |2S,000; Ktia C. IJcnder 
Toss N. Prince, Samuel Arouowltz. 

Kngle Gnind Openi Co., Manhattan 
$10,000; Paul Oremonesl, neairioc F. Mc 
Murray,- Antonio Guffarili, 

CoNHin iSnterpriseH, Tonkcrs, ploture.s 
vaudeville, 200 shares; Lewi.i W. Cohen 
ThPodore J. Martin. Martin 13. Rnilih. 

Urbikln Distriliatine Corp.. Manhattan 
pIclure.M, $10,000; Malle Ifamn'ierstein 
Gci'tiude I.cbel.son, Beatrice Caino. 

<icm Home Talking Muchino Mnd I'Um 
Co., Manhattan, picture niachlnf'.'i, 100 
aharps; Berlrani Itaff, Harriet (Joldstcin 
Jo.sci)h .T. Cruiupt. 

4il<>n Thontrc Corp., Kinps, the.-itres 
$20,000; Hmma Wiy.ig, Kva Cohen, 1. J 
Glnsbert'. 



WARNING! 

TO PRODUCERS, MANAGERS AND ARTISTS 

I am the sole author and exclu.sive owner of sketches "JHUNK" 
(copyrighted under title •'SIL^'^<:R PITCHER") and "HOUSE OF 
THE LEFT HAND." Two versions copyrighted 1927-28. Third ap- 
plied for. 

Any Individual, company or corporation Is forbidden to use same, in part or 
whole, or In any way, for Btanro. talking or Mund film, or silent motion pic- 
tures, •without obtolnlnB production permission from the undersigned. Any 
Infringements of these right.s will be prosecuted. 

LOUELLA CONLY KEENEY 

R. F. D., AZUSA, CALIFORNIA 



Vaude resumed at ]"'alace, Fox 
Poli, Meriden, Conn. Five acts 
split week. 

Sund:ay vaiide concerts resume at 
the America (formerly Miner's 
Hronx,- ..Kew York) next Sunday- 
Get. 7, playing eight act bills booked 
by Sam Bernstein. 

Vaudfilm has supplanted straiight 
pictures at the Alhambra, Brook- 
yn, N. T. Five acts on a ."^plit week, 
booked indie. 

Gaiety, Schine house, Uiica, N. 
, reopens Oct. 15 with Keith yaud-' 
film; former policy. 

New Lpcw's State (wired), Prov- 
idence, R. I., opens Oct. .6 with 
sound picture policy. 

Vaudo l.s back at the I'ark L-ane, 
Palisades, N. J. after several weeks 
of stage band policy. Five act.s on 
split week booked by.Fally Alarkiis. 

Majestic, Monroe, Mich., vaudo- 
fllni. James (Jeorge, owner. 

Shoreway, Toledo, pictures, five 
ch.anges weekly. H. B. Albright, 
eneral manager; Henry;; Schultz, 
house manager. 

PalacCj Bergenfield, K. J.., new 
1,800 • seater, open with vaudfilm. 
Five acts, split week, booked by 
Fally Markus. 

Loew'B 167th Street, new, open 
with a straight picture policy. Seats 
2,400. Frank Ackerman, manager. 



MARRIAGES 

Kdwin Decker, theatre musician, 
New York city, and Louise I*'ing. 
New York City, dancer, have ap- 
plied at Gn'onwich, Conn., for a 
nvarriage license. 

Herbert E.: Kllesbtirg (Kala>)an,& 
Katz publicity) to Evelyn Feldman 
tnon-pro) in Chicago, Sept.. 26. 

Barbara Bronell to iRbbort Ken- 
neth '(Ken). Christy,, in Chicago, 
.Tunc 22, by Judge William F: 
Borders. , 

. John Conway Fox (.'scenarist) to 
Rosa Rudami at Agua Calient^, 
Mexico, Sept. 2Cr 

■Carolina Matlina, dauKhter of 
.lannes Martina, Motint Morris,, N. 
Y., 'filrtt theatre man, ..to Daniel 
Poriello, manager of the Dreaml.and 
theatre .^t Naples, N. Y., one of the 
Martina Bros, chain, September -20 
in Mount Morris. ' 

James J. Dcmpsey, manager of the 
Public, Doi'che.ster, 
Marion. R. Murphy, 
and daughter 
Murphy 



Mass., . and 
a trained nurse 
of Mr. and Mrs. C. B. 
of Augusta, Me., will be 
married this month. 

Pierre (^endi-«m, . filin actor an 1 
writer, to .Mi<-e Sciilly, .scenario 
broker, Sept. 28 at Riverside, Cal.. ■ 



Nadel on Fox Lot 

K. K. Nadel leaves tomorrow 
(.Thursday) for Hollywooil, for the 
Fo5c lot, • to direct talking shortp 
from the repertoire of- old Paul 
(Gerard Smith sketches and playlets. 
How many E. K. will do is to bo 
determined upon his arrival there. 
His stay will be indennite. 

On the same, train goes Smith, 
also \inder a Tifovietone contract 
engineered by Nadei; Smith wlU 
write some talking spocial.-s. 



J. 



P. HARRIS MEMORIAL 

McKecsport,. Pa., Oi'X. 2. 
The Harris Amusement Co. has 
broken groiind here for the ebn- 
striiction of a 2,5t)0.-seat .de luxe 
picture Mid vaudeville hoiiso, to be 
known as tlic John P. Harris 
memorial thoalie. 



Geo. Sackett in Agency 

Los Angclcsj Oct. 2. 
George Sackett, manager • ol" the 
local Orpheum for eight years, has 
joined the staff of the Lyons & 
Lyons olliceJ 



Ida Anderson is reported licadiiig 
tlu>. colored stock sclieduled to open 
at the West End theatre in 125th 
street later this, month. 



HARRY 



MARY 



Anger and Fair 

"DIZZY: 1928" 
T<)1 RING INTERSXATK CIRCUIT 




BIRTHS 

Mr. and Mrs. Nat. Wolf, Sept. 27, 
in CJhlcago, son. Father is con- 
nected with Keith's In the Chicago 
office. 

Mr. and Mrs. Al Belasco in Cleve- 
land, Sept. 1, son. Father is m.c. 
at Branford, Newark, ancl Stanley, 
Jersey City (alternating), Mother 
professionally Irene Smith, formerly 
in vaude with Maurice Diahiond. 
, Mr. and Mrs. Nat Wolfe, son. The 
father la Chicago film buyer for 
K-A-O. 



Geo. Mence Quits 

George Hence, former Chicago 
and New York agent, has quit the 
show business. He has returned to 
Chicago to take up haberdashery. 

Mence was Keith disfranchised 
some time ago in Chicago. 



General Executive Offices 

LOEW BUILDING 

A. N N E X 

160 WEST 46^ ST* 

NKX/KNT- 9850-NEW YORK CITY 

J. H. LUBIN 

GENERAL MANAOfiR 

MARVlOr SCHENCK 



DORA 



Wr?fNTE 



m 

TxMixv and IndepeiuUint 
JOE iMU HAEI^S 



Their "CRISP REVUE" 



K.-A, 
IN'rsonal Rep, 



-O. Cireult 

: FRANK KVANS 



Coney Holmes in N. Y* 

Coney Holmes, formerly road 
man for Keith's Western under 
Tink Humphrey, will come east 
.shortly In the same capacity with 
Tink In New York. 



DOOKINO MANAtiEB 
. CHICAIBO OITICB 

mo WOODS THEATRE B'ID'G 

JOHNNY JONES 

IN Cn A ROE 



AGENCY SUES ACT FOR $1,600 

Chicago, Oct. 2. 

Suit for $1,600 on a breach of 
contract claim has been filed by 
the -William Mbrris office .again.st 
Evans and Mayei", who were at the 
State- Lake last week. 

Morris' office claim!? the act 
disregarded its jurisdiction to 
sign with Keith-Orphqum after only 
on© year of a two year contract 
had expired. 



ACME BOOKING OFFICES, INC. 

Dooklng Ail Tbei^treB Controlled by 

STANLEY COMPANY OF AMERICA 

A roat« of IR woeks wlililn 200 miles ot New York 
ArtlBtii Invited to book dirert 



1560 Broadway 



New York City 



MORE ■ THAN IT PROWISIC? 



A vai;devu.i.e AOKTvrY which prodites 

A VAi.ui.>«.i^.ii.^,^j^^^»^,^ EFFICIENT SERVICE 6INC15 1013 




Astor Theatre Bldg., 

' Lackawanna 



N. W. Cor. 45th St. and Broadway 

7876 New York City 




WALTER NILSSON 

"WORLD'S MASTER UNICYCLIST" 
O-H-ooooo ! 

Featured with FANCHON and MARCO'S 

^^Up in the Air^^ 8d©a 



|. (y, — U'orklne In O.SI'; jir\t lo <1ii-.i(ik ;iiii1 what hrrrunib 



Thaa!-. 



a^iCP^^f^ & MARCO and D. HGWE 



PC 



EUROPE SOON 
Direction WM. MORRIS 
CHICAGO 



VARIETY 



3-a-Day Burlesque mi Talkers 

A ... 

For Columbia s, N. Y., New 




BURLESQUE 



GINGER GIRLS 

ComotUan. 

.^Tecoiul Comedian........ I' red W.tI ter 

Straight r Al Uaker 

TuvenUo • Fred Carl.son 

I'rima Donna , ^ , ^*iV,'J.',V!I 

.Soubrct, .. Fritzi Whlto 

Erin JaolcHon. Uetty McAllister and Connie 
St. Clulio on the runway. 



Wednesday^ October 3. 1928 



Burlesque Off Ot-Side Stuff in 
Bidp-Navy Yard SaOors Chagrin 



Althc -igh the Golumbla, New 
TorkI ia playingr Mutual burlesque 
' lb .s and indefinitely, Walter 
Reade, lessee of the house, is In- 
BtalUng wires prepairatory t6 play- 
ing talking pictures. General Elec- 
tric is installing. 

The Columbia made a change of 
policy Jklonday by. adding, pictures 
to open the house at 11 a. m. under 
the coi.tinuous policy plan. 

For the burlesque shows, with 
thre'>-a-day for the actors. 

The plans of Reade and Jerome 
Rosenberg, directing manager of 
the Golumblai to swing to three 
shows daily at first did not mieet 
with I, H. Herk's entire approval, 
the Herk offices supplying, the trav- 
eling burlesques for tlie : house. 
Reade's policy won out as the bur- 
lesque contract specified that three 
shows were permissible when 
deemed necessary by the house. 

In the new policy Sam. Futeran 
and his btiiid were given their no^ 
tlce w^ith George C. Bramdman and 
-. his orchestra replacing therri Mon- 
day (Oct. 1). Bramdman wiU have 
nine men In the pit. 

Rosenberg said that aftier the 
wiring is finished the talkers in ad- 
dition to burlesque may be used. 



[rons and damage Seek 
Class Neighborhoods 



Chicago, Oct. :2. 
Having added the Strand, Cincin 
nati, and .Empress, St. LOuIs, to 
their circuit. Irons & ; Claitiage. are 
i:\egotiating for Waldron's Casino in 
*^ston and for the Pantheon here, 
. . picture house, on the north side, 
.formerly one of the L. &. T. chain 
and now closed. 

According to Warren Irons his 
Arm is eager to establlsli itself in 
the better class neighborhoods 
where a burlesque house would be 
In new territory. , 



Jersey City Censors Bear 
Down Again on Majestic 



stock burlesque folded up at the 
Majestic. Jer-scy City, ■ Saturday 
night, a victim of local censors, who 
did Tiot coincide with the patrons' 
demand on nudity preferred. 

Harry Burkhardt, iassociated for 
yeiars with Hurtig and seamon, 
branched but this season to open 
the stock at the Majestic, three 
weeks ag:b. While the abbreviated 
costumes were in the troupe prbs- 
pered, but the cover-up Order 
scared off the ticket buyers. 

Burkhardt paid the inob and 
closed the ; show rather than con- 
tinue with .,a policy that couldn't 
compete against the local flappers. 
This is the secbnd bust for a bur- 
lesque policy at the Majestic 
through censorship. Last season th.e 
wheel shows passed "up the house 
because of the bverdressing edict; 
Despite the rigid survey on bur- 



Sam Raymond's ''Ginger Girls'' 
delivers in all departments the near- 
est thing to a genuine burlesque 
.show the Columbia has seen . in 
many weeks. It's a compact little 
organization, well paced in alterna- 
tion of abundant seml-nudlty, song, 
dance and comedy bit. and it makes 
lively. . entertainnient for the cus- 
tomers of all. grades. . . 

There is the usual rotation of 
teaser and strip display, the familiar 
outcropping of raw dialog and bush 
ness, but the whole business is car- 
ried on With a good humor - and a 
persuasive artlessness that robs it 
of rawness. The difference between 
this and one of those noisy but 
tiresome aggregations is that these 
people are clever, and that marks 
the, distance between exhilarating 
burlesque and stupid smut. 

Runway trio aria familiars and do 
I not jfigure in the vlisitlng troupe, 
except that they back up and sup- 
plement an especially cheerful per- 
formance. As it happens they have 
an extraordinarily gobd lineup of 
eight numbers this week, with Erin 
Jackson doing the heavy assign 
ments and doing them well. 

Strength of the traveling iinlt is 
in a capital team of comics and 



lesque; the town is wide open for „^ u, ua-pitai x.ca.in mi. vumiv-o u..^. 
strip stuff in the competitive vaude throe principal women, two of tnem 



and picture houses. 



Wheel Programs Out 

New economy move at the Co- 
lumbia is dispensing with all pro- 
grsuns.. Beginning this week cup- , ^^^^^ ^,uc-«. 
tomers had to get their info about oayety, Milwaukee. 



1^ Burlesque Routes ] 

. Weeks of October. 1 and 8 
B*re Facts— arand, . Hartford; 8, Hj'- 
porlon, New Haven. ^ ,^ 

.Beat ?hbw- In Tpwn— Majestic, Albany; 
8, Colonial. Utlca. „ . ^ i „ 

. Bohemlans-1-2. Geneva; 3-4. Oswego;. B-O, 
Schenectady; 8, Majeatlc. Albany. , 

Bowery Burleafjuers— State, Springfield; 8, 
Grand. Hartford. , , ■ 

Burlesque Revicv.' -Empire, Toledo; 8, Co- 
lumbia, Cleveland.' , 

Chicken Trust— Gayety, Buffalo; 8-0. 
Geneva; 0-10, Oawegp^ U-12, Schenectady. 

Dainty Dolls— Empress, Cincinnati; 8, 
Gayety, Louisville. _ 

Dimpled Darlings— Irving Pl.i N. Y. C. ; 
8, Empire, Providence. 

Dixon's Big Review— Academy, ritts 
burgh; 8. Lyceum, Columbus. . 

Flapper FoUlcs— Gayety, Scranton; 8, 
Ga:ety. . Wllkes-Barre. I,,'- ,. „ 
French Models— Mutual, Indianapolis; 8, 
Garrlck, St. Louis. ' ^ . 

Frlvblitles-Oayety, Brooklyn; 8, Gayety, 

Scranton. _ ^ . » ^ 

Ginger Glrls-Columbla, N. T. C; 8, Gay- 
ety, Brooklyn. _ , .; 

Girls From Happyland— Empire, Brooklyn ; 
8, Trocadero, Philadelphia. . • , 

Girls. From the Follies— SUr, Brooklyn; 
8, Orpheunii Paterson 



made to order for wheel technique 
and the third a g-ood . contrast. 
L'Yitzi White is th.e peppy pony type, 
smooth- in handling undress stuff, 
an excellent dancer and with .a' neat 
trick of delivering in. numbers. 
Wears such clothes as the new show 
type demands with, a good deal of 
dash and has the trick of spicy sug- 
gestion in wink of eye or gesture- 
of such Intimate personal memberK 
as Ijest serve the purpose 
• Vinnie Phillips is the stately Juno 
. who gets her effects from the good 
fellow attitude, and both of those 
principals deal with dialog in bland 
and graceful ease. Ritssy Phillips is 
the flapper ingenue, contributing 
enormously to the coniedy. 

Show is close to the ultra In un- 
dress and some of the teaser busi- 



Stocks Giving Wheel 

Shows Plenty Grief 



Chaotic conditions in the bur- 
lesque field; with stocks giving the 
wheel .shows a tu.ssle in most. spots, 
bas thrown this branch show 
buslhess into a tough spot. 

Ijocal stocks, in kidnapping the 
censors and otherwise fixing, are 
being permitted to go the limit, 
with the wheel shows covered up 
and censored so as not to mean a 
thing in competition. The stocks 
are also grabbing plenty of bur- 
lesque names from the wheel shows 
through paying as good or better 
for ..services. The stationary stand 
ahgie also a,ppeals. . 

With . but one burlesque wheel 
now . functioning. Mutual, . perform- 
ers have no qualms in jumping con- 
tracts to grab a .s^tock assignment, 
•without fear 6 f blacklisting, flgur'- 
ing the remaining wheel field has 
but a slim list of a.yailables to draw 
from and wiir forgive. 



RECORD-BREAKERS 



(Mutual) 

Margie Bartel 

Syd nurke. . . . , ......> ..... • 

Juanlta' Evans.....:'...-... 

Elsie .'Kaynor, . . . . • 

L):ivo Burt. .• . ; . 

ICd Jordiih,. 

Johnnie OUmore. . . 
Larry ChXi k . 



. . .SouUret 
. . .Soubrct 
. . .Snubret 
. . .Ingenue 
.-. . . , Comic 
......Comic 

. . .btralght 
. ; . Jdvenlle 



Burlesque shows, stock and wheel, 
are" holding out when playing 
Brooklyn, N. Y.j through an under- 
ground word-; that the City of 
Churches has become a tbugh spot 
for. off-side stuff. 

With District Attorney Dodd 
backing upv the action of Joseph .'V. 
Ga41agher, chief assistant, in 
sloughing V-The Night B<efor©" . at 
Werba's Brooklyn three weeks ago, 
the burlesque shows have toned 
down and patronage has dropped as 
a Jesuit. 

Gallagher grabbed "Night Before" 
while acting District Attorney dur- 
ing Dbdd's vacation, vWith the legit 
group held for. trial In Special Scis- 
sions. Gallagher i's being .prlrried 
for Democratic nominee for District 
Attorney next year with Dodd all 
ot : r nomination as County Court 
Judge. 

Since the "Night Before" muss 
Gallagher has been paying atten- 
tion to . the burlesque in the 
boroueih. The, hold-out matter 
greatly chagrins the .sailors at the 
Broolclyn Navy Yard and others 
who like their burlesque that way 
or else. 



Through numerous cast changes 
and almost complete re-routinlny 
on the spot, Jack Keid's current 
edition wUs in bad shape at thj 
Irving Place last week. From re- 
ports, the show has been running 
smoothly on the rbad, so ho reason 
known for the switching. Neverthe- 
less, it didn't look like a Reld 
troupe Wednesday. 
Outside of some good looking 
uicsa aiiu owmc vii's vw»«>^* ^^^^ . principal women and one or two 
hess involving playful . threats to comedy situations, not much to i^. 
dispense, even, with the pitifully For one thing, Reid failed to make 
meager brassieres had the custom- his usual appearance, though pro- 
ers in suspense. The trick is, how- gramed and present around the 
ever, that it's trimly done and iSiway theatre. Without him the circus 
from the raw. ballyhoo number, inevitable for the 

Harry Clex, doing an eccentric '^Record Breakers." fell flat as han- 
patsy nondescript, gave evidence died by a juvenile. -^^^^y^.- ^y,., 
tliat there are still burlesque cbmics All of which Placfd more than the' 
capable of holding up the laughing average burden upon the^lious.^ 
On«;- paterson. • J ^nd of a wheel ^how even against U^^^^^ 

Girls in^ Blue-Gayety. Minneapolia; 8, the paramount interest of Undressed the permanent »"ee"8'^J*^^f,„"' 
Dvotv Milwaukee. mui_ « l out. civlnK one of the chorus laaics 



Mrs/McCoyV Troubles 



Jack Reid is supported hy mem- 
bers of his "Record Breakers" com- 
pany In denying the attempt at sul- 
-C ide by iMr 3. T he 1 m a McC oy , ch orl s - 
ter, was due to dlapllnary measures 
taken by Reid- The . producer and 
others assert the girl's domestic 
troubles were th© cause. 

Mrs. McCoy downed a quantity of 
ammonia backstage in ynlon City, 
N. .J. She recovered In the North 
liudsqn hospital, that city, and is 
back with the sho\v. 



the cast from the lobby billing or 
let the names of the players go by 
default 

Nobody ever seemed to pay much 
attention to program data In bur 
lesque houses- when the slips 'Were 



Glrla of the U. S. A.— Lyric. Bridgeport; 
8, H. & S. Apollo, I^. Y. C. ^ „. , 

H«llo Paree— Gayety, Louisville; 8, Mu- 
tual, Indianapolis. \ , , ■ ■ 

High Flyers— Trocadero, Philadelphia; 8, 
Gayety, Baltimore. « \, 

Hindu Belles— Lyric, Dayton; 8, Empress, 

Cincinnati. ... „ 

Jazztlme Revue— Gayety, Wllkes-Barre; 6, 



provided, and It. was a surprise to Lyric, Allentown; O-IO, Orpheum, Reading; 

the Columbia house stafl! that P/- "KuddUnncuuS-Hyperlon, New. Haven; 
trons made a point of asklnjg for Lyric, BridgeDort. a v. 

them when there weren't any. lumbT^' n!^ Y?c.**°'^"'^' .^'*'"*"'V *' 

Usherettes were nagged to dls- "sScrry whirl— Empress, Chicago; 8, Cad 



I gals: TTl^^ciown - gives :a pip per- 1 ro{,n^ioL"fo''mT''yhe^^^^ 
formance of true burlesque AaVor A chance to fill. S^^^^^ 

with several well sustained bits. ^V- -^^ A« afr«^^h nf' it t.hT'can 

wrangle idea as husband and wrife P^X^jl' ^^^rtel, one of the pair of 
prepare for bed. -They get ^^^^^ (oth is Syd 

ternate rows and affectionate coo- ■ 



■ Plaza, Worcester. 

tlon. I Moonlight Maids— Cadillac, 

The old burlesque programs were! E!?1P'''-^ 'Toledo. 



Detroit; 8, 



ing, . each mood marked by Clex's 
taking off ' or putting on clothes. 
Worked up to a . scream, : and then 
climaxed with dlsrobingr wife for a 
panic. 

Fred Waller, red nose foil, of small 



Burke), played under wraps all 
evening. During Intermish it was 
announced Miss Bartel will be held 
over by the theatre for runway work 
next (this) week. The girl also Said 
so herself rather than take another 
encore later in the evening. AH In 



r rea waiier, rea iioue j.um. "»- o""^" encore later m xne evenauB. xviv in 

r^i r Qf-.wi w^^hitiir-nn. I stature in contrast to the towering all. Miss Bartel took off less than 

a lest for vears Not once in 50 I a Academy Plttsbur^^^^^ Washint.on, ^^^^^ ^ ^^^^ ^^^^ opposite, any other femme in the: company. 

?imes couW In ludltor Lure out the ^NtugMy Niftles-W ; 8. Gayety, Mlnne- building the bits and^ getting his although she probably has more to 

times could an ^^^^^''^o^^'^^sur® o^^ . . „, » » Points without going after them too show than any. That skimping on 

Individuals on the stage from the N,te ciub Giris-Piaza, Worcester; ,^ard. He has an agreeable singing what the boys' paid dough to see 

Chinese puzzle on the program, the st^te^ JpHngne^^^^^ 8, Gay- voice, too, and a good deal of real won't bring them back next week, 
reason being that a cast. and a list | Buftalo^ _ , | a.crobatic skill. Al Baker serves | After all, there's only one "routine 

of musical numbers was one thing tt_i«_ ^.i*.,. . . . 

when the program copy was made 
up in August but something else 
again when changes In cast and 
number schedule had been made .by 
the second week In September. 

By some unwritten law burlesque 
programs were never changed, no 
matter what happened to the troupe, 
and the original August copy con- 
tinued to go to the printer right up 
to May, by which time mo.st of the 
show principals and all the hum 
bers were different 

No program rule at the Columbia 
Is Indefinite. 



Warn WTieel Mg^s. on 
Use of Show Numbers 

Kitty Madison, heading her own 
Mutual show "Jazztlme Revue," was' 
notified by Low: Leslie, producer of 
"Blackbirds," that unless vshe stop- 
pisd lising •'Dlck-A-Dl.ck<^y Doo". 
from his show he wbuld prbceed for 
IhiCrlngemeht. Miss Madison drop- 
ped the number. 

Complaints to Leslie that runway 
soubrets were using another, of his 
show numbers "I Can't Give You 
Anything But Lbye,V prompted sim- 
ilar action. These were also drop- 
ped on Leslie's demand. 
; Leslie's action has prompted other 
producers of musicals to keep ah 
eye on burlesque for use of their 
hit numbers. 



Casino's New Policy 

Charles H. Waldron, largest 



.uu. , acrouU.llC tjKlli. -tx-i oaivci ot.ivs;.T .n.i.ter ciii, v^...j w..- -- 

Parisian Flappers-Hudson. Union City; K-^e thankless assignment of Straight for strip numbers, so there was 

'•puss^l.u^L-c'^ionVuUca; 8, Gayety. With good Judgment and makes an really nothing to bold ^ba^^ 

Montreal. ' excellent appearance. second week. However, that is 

Radium Queens-Columbia, Cleveland; 6, qu„w nientv of evidence of "merely personal comment on ana loi 

^ra^^?^^^rs-Kmplro, Providence; 8, alKj^SS;.dloSoS?has ^^.J^^ 

Gayety, Boston. _ . „ \ ^"^^^^^^^1^^^^^^^'^ and 

twists to tried material. There was p^^bably ^n his first we^^^ 
a song bit nicely done, parlous {^^j^ ^^^j. '^.^ j^^^^ probably st^ 
singers appearing in turn to do a ^j^^ y^^^^, h^phead comic character- 
medley of songs on the rose theme j^ation on the wheel. Working 
—"Broadway Rose," '^Roso of Wash- I rubberfaced Dave Burt, whom 
opor.iy w IUOW.O— Mn.irci.j-j .v^"-T.. i Ington Squaro," . "Second Hand 1 j.^^ py^jj^j^ggg^ j^tpre than once, Jor- 

' Jl",. *t„,;i_r»r«hA.,m P«:t«rBoh- 8 Hud- Pf*ose;'* eto.— while a bit of panto- braced, the comedy end In the 

son • unlin ciS ™* ■' " mime to one Side Illustrates the [ ^p^t half. But even he muffed the 

-' - ' - ■ ' • " ' text, or- a framed tableau at the ^i^ance by turning blackface after 

back suggests the lyrics. intermission; A very good comedian 

Girls have been weil drilled for under grease and the" other extreme 
ensembles. They keep up a peppy In cork. ^ t. , 

style of work throughout and do Costuming, drapery and chorus in 
some of the best team dancing seen "Record Breakers" about average: 
In a long time. They don't grind, As on 14th street it appeared to 



Red" Hdts^Lyceum, Canton; .8. Grand, 

Akron. . ' a 

Round the Town— Gayety, Baltimore; 8, 
Strand, Washington, „ ^■ 

Social Maids- H. 6c 3, Apollo, N. T. C.; 
iB, Empire, Brooldyn. . „ „ 

Speed Girls— Gayety, Montreal; 8, How- 
ard, Boston. . : ■ ■ I 

Sporty Widows— Gayety.. Kansaa City; 
8,- I.. O. 



Step Xilvely Girls— Gayety, Milwaukee; 8, 
Empress, Chicago. ^ 

srtep On It— Garrlck, St. t-ouls; 8; Oayety, 
Kansas City. a a„ • 

Stolen Sweets— Empire, Newark; 8, Star, 
Brooklyn. 

SuKar' Babies— Lyceum, Columbus; ■ 8,. 
Lyric, Dayton. , 
wine, Woman and Song— 1, Lyric, AUon- 



Charles H. Waldron, largest wine, Woman and Song-l, Lyric, Allen- in a long time. They don't grma, as on i-tin aiii^ei, ii, ^^i^fv^"^-- 

QtnrkholdPr in the Casino Boston town; 2-3, Orpheum, Reading; 4-6, Palace, jjy way, and that is a distinct need about twa more weeks unaei 

stockholder in tne i^asino, ^osion, Trenton; 8, Empire. Newark. *; to the show The usual shim- its belt. With Its present principals 

T>f>w nlavinc- stock, will make a : . asset tome snow. j.iie uauai aiuui r.iiffif ptin'i- hr»rn hilt reach the 

mylng burlesque chorister Is.n't an the outfit ^cant help ^ b^^^^ 



now playing stock, will make 
change of policy 

The Casino has had quite a check- 
"ered burlesque career 

A report says Waldron will turn 



Burlesque Changes 

A report says vv^xuxu.. , Les Dunn .from Izzy Hurst'sPhll- 

the house over to local interests adelphla stock to Park stock, Brooke 
for the launching of a new policy, hv"- .Ethel Spears replaced Franc^^ 
which will exclude burlesque. 1 Morton and the Three Lorrie Sis- 



myinK ouriesuue uiiuiioiei- jcm v. u-n i , . „ 

inspiring sight Here the girls of top rung, though an unk^^^^^ 

the line step briskly and leave the wouldn't believe 't after seeing 

shaking m the expert hands of the Wednesday nW 

^^'"?^^/Ur^iJlir''a'nd^\'?Jlr''r >Iace""of ^Se^s^lx^^iJ^lclU' o'^f clolh? 

waving with skill and a fair de- the chorus "ale 

gree of discretion. J^J^ f ?n^d t?ld? th"rerw^e'kno?ked"'doWn 

ager who had the Insight to see the ^-^ „ The callaht cuy 



: exclude burlesque. morcon ana rne xnree i^rrie ager who had the. Insight to see the T"" house plant. ^^T guy 

^ ^ -_.Lters-^ere^engaged--as-runway-lead-^U^v».if--«f-thiH^^^ 

ttr\ U 1 r'^i^^^A \^*^' Marie Daley engaged to stag© le.sque a service. Costuming Is Iho remalnl'ntr three the highest bid 

''Deep Harlem' Colored the numbers m place of BIU smith, bright and some of it new. as foi- .^as sTIs The boys' refused to 

"Deep Harlem," all-colored, is at Charles (Dumb) Williams out; Instance, the cerise getup that opons j^j^^g^^ ^^^^ might have had there 

the Lafavette (Harlem) this week. Charles Bimbo Davis in; "Pi-lvoll- the secbnd act . been a more convincing auctioneer. 

Earl Dancer Is handling the show, ties" (Mutual). . In sum, this is. the nearest tiling in succeeding the demolished 

iiiari ijancer IS nanuimb I, c Riqie Ravnor renlacea Margie Bar- to good burlesque of the old school Olympic as the downtown wheel 

It's music and ^fore are by Russe l Elsie Ra^^^ ^^^^ ^^^^^^^ metrop- .stand the Irving riace, formerly, in 

Smith and Porter Grainger, book tel and ^d fordo^^^P^'^^^^^^ in the now season. So good in Yiddish stock, hasn't quite attained 

and lyrics by Tu-tt Whitney and Gilmoro aa P™lpals with jacK Kypj^j^j burlesque fashion that it the better known theatre's rabid 

Dancer. Reid's "Record Breakers (Mutual), ^.^^j^^^g curse oft the shimmy and patronage. Business has beeii good 

Among the principals are Salem Paul Ryan Joined the Mlnsky 3tj.|p technique that seems to bt> but not standout. 

Tutt Whitney, S. Whitney Tutt and stock at H. & S. Apollo, N. Y. last I jnpeparabl© from the new mode. Charles Lauk, house manager. 

Homer Tutt and DbDo Green. week. i I 



RoUo Takes Over 

' Apollo on 125th Street 

A deal was virtually, closed yes- 
terday whereby Walter Reade took 
immediate possession of the Hurtig 
& Seamon 125th street house, 
Apollo, from its owners. The lease 
is to run 16Vi years. 

At this time the Apollo (renamed 
from the Music Hall) is operative . 
Under a , house pooling project: in 
whicjh the Hurtig & Seamon offices 
work in hand with the show oper- 
ators. Mlnsky Brothers, with Rilly 
Minsky handling the Mln-sky In- 
terests. 

There will be no change in ,the 
present policy of a combined -^tock 
and Mutual show arrangement. ■ 

As Reade controls the Columbia, 
New York, it is his plan to alter- 
nate the runway girls and the. nurfi"' 
bers at each house. He has it fig- 
ured this will save. $15,000 to $20,000 
a year. 

The former Minsky house a few. 
doors, away on 125th street (the old 
Apollo) has been • leased to Drake 
and Walker, colored, show producers, 
who will hereafter call It the Drake 
and Walker theatre, Phil Berg will 
be their general nianager. The pol- 
icy will be two shows dally at pop- 
ular prices. 



RUNWAY GAL MOVES 

Margie P^nnetU has closed as the 
runway soubret at Hurtig and Sea- 
mon's, New York, and opened this 
week in a uimllar assignment with 
Joe . Rose's stock at the Casino, 
Brooklyn. 

Miss Pennetti stays at the latter 
house four weeks, after which hIi« 
Joins a Mutual show as an added 
I attraction. 



Wednesday, October 3, 1928 



FILM HOUSE REVIEWS 



VARIETY 



39 



AMERICAN 



Mow 



(CHICAGO) 

•Chicago, Sei>t. 28. 
yet not unfamiliar hands 
have "taken over the reins of this 
old former standby of the Aas'n. 
This house is now seeing light 
again under the directorship of 
George Burdick, once manager of 
it for the Orpheum Circuit. Bur- 
dlck, with backora, took over the 
American when its lease to. the 
Orpheum recently expired. It, is 
understood that Burdick is operat- 
ing oh a co-operative basis with his 
employees, which Include the op- 
erator and musicians. According 
to Information the operator and 
musicians get liaid . their regular 
union scale salaries, but partici- 
pate in the losses as well as In the 
profits of the house. Idea, particu- 
lariiy for a vaude theatre, is unique 
here. 

Burdick's first movement In tak- 
ing the house over was to reduce 
admission price from 35 to 30c. 
Then to Inaugurate four vaude 
changes a week and pictures. 
Three acts pliay Monday and Tues- 
day and Thursday and Friday with 
seven acts Wednesday night only 
and five acts Saturday and Sun- 
day. As' far as pictures are con- 
cerned it is doubtful whether Bur- 
dick can get any selection ; outside 
of the Independent and state rights 
market. Looks as though vaude 
will have to carry the house. That 
should riot be so dlfllcult consider 
ing the low admission and that the 
house get* a strong play frorh 
family trade. 

Last (Thursday) night business 
was encouraging though the pro- 
gram held little of consequence 
Three turns were Cropley and Vio- 
let,- rope spinners; Armstrong and 
Earl, mixed comedy team, and 
Carl Lorraine Serenaders, novelty 
band. 

Cropley and Violet started slow- 
ly but picked the pace up later 
for a rousing finish in which the 
girr stands out. Nothing out of 
the ordinary in, their work but 
neatly presented. Armstrong a.nd 
Earl got by on chatter and two 
songs, employing a good deal of 
hoke. Lorraine and his band looked 
good and scored easily pn the short 
layout. Seven boys and two gii'ls 
with the gals at pianos. AU are 
In cowboy outfits with the same 
kind of setting. Good closing turn 
for the smaller houses. 

Picture, "No Babies 
(Flaza). 



Wanted" 
Loop. 



FOX 



Roxyettes appear later In an ultra 
song plug for "Bc-cause of You." 

OrchosU'al presentation, which 
usually constitutes the regular ovc*r- 
ture, Is used thi.s week ,ns item five. 
It is RaohmaninofC's "Preludo in C 
Sharp IMInor." Agonizing mortals 
writhe and .suffer In .silliouelto 
again.st a Ijiickground of u)»fliincholy 
indigo. Such technique is alway.s 
sureilre at the Koxy, 

Movietone nowsreol was largely an 
a.«isembly of football practice stuff 
from Princeton, Michigan, Notre 
Dame, Yale, and Dartmouth. Tlii? 
latter was most interesting, show- 
ing the lianoverites doing setting up 
exercises to harmonica music. A; 
lady in the logos remarked; "Ycu 
can ailways depend on Dartmouth 
for something different." Another 
excellent shot was in the silent por- 
tion from. M-G-M, This was in the 
wild game preserve, in South Africa, 
and included zebras, giraffes, ante- 
lopes, rhinos, .etc., snapped around 
water holes. 

"All Because of You" is sung by 
Henri Therrion. tenor froni Chicago, 
and also known as Henri Garden. 
At the - Terrace Gardens in Chi 
Therrian's robust voice cau.sed tlie 
candelabra to vibrate. The contrast 
at the Roxy illustrates the terrific 
nature of the vocal hurdle- those 
three acres of seats occasion. Tlier- 
flen, although necessarily reduced in 
volume, 'gets over well and is ox- 
ceptiorial . f or this house in having 
clear enunciation. Presentation sur- 
rounding and building up this song 
brings in the ballet plus the Roxy- 
ettes and some attractive optical 
effects. The. final color scheme 
seemed dtilled by the neutral, pink 
inth6d.incingco.stum.es. 

Saturdos' matinee biz. was off. 

Land. 



26. 
band 



(Wired) 
(WASHINGTON, D, C.) 

Washington, Oct. 1. 

A few . inexpensive acts with the 
Black Dots copping applause honors. 
Plus plenty of atmosphere this con 
stitutes "Prolog . Orlentale" as the 
stage show for "Fazil" (Fox). 

Joseph LaRose, once with Roxy, 
succeeded S. J. Stebbins when the 
latter went to Detroit for Fox. In 
this stage offering he has deftly 
caught the Arabian atmosphere, 
dressed his stage exceptionally well 
and lighted It appropriately. Opens 
with two girl dancers, Zanou and 
Caz. Colored boys then lay down 
the ostrich fans and partially nude 

: put across their tap dancing. The 
one with the rope stopping every- 
thing. Rita and Teska, adagio, fol- 
low and got across, with Elsie 
Grcenwall, acrobatic, okay, and 
Lawrence, Downey, the "Invisible 
master of ceremonies" doubling for 
*'Fazil," baritoned well. 

Show proper opened with Leon 
Brusiloff directing "Robespierre" as 
the overture. A second number wa.<i 
"Blue Danube Blues." Musicians 
soloed under the spot for this. John 
Griftln, tenor, followed with "Laugli, 
Clown, ' Laugh," actually the flr.'st 
time It has been sung In this house. 

Pox Movietone News clicked. 
Show two hours to the dot. 

_- — _ .^.;__jlf eafc t«. . 



ROXY 

(Wired) 
(NEW YORK) 

New York, Sept. 29. , 

Movietone, relieves the. musical 
staff of a.11 duties In connection with 
the feature .this week. Erno Rapee 
gives "Win That Girl" (Fox), a 
chore} In G, the photo-electric prin- 
fclple goes Into operation, and the 
musicians retire to the basement 
cafeteria. 

Prior to the roces.s for pinochle 
the musicians labor through a mixed 
and fragmentary program embrac- 
• Jng seven items?. Hosmer's familiar 
''Southern Rhapsody" serves as 
overture. Item two is the "Ballet of 
the Bubbles," sung with a strong 
resonant soprano by Gladys Hice, 
and danced with grace and rhis'thm 
by Patricia Bowman, Jeanette G.irr 
rette and Florence Itoggc. Tlio 
bubbles are balloons and the ballot 
J-^ai,^tx-picaLJloxy.:=.supor^lntexpiuilix- 
tio'n of the w. k. balloon dance. The 
program jump;? to grand opera for 
the quartet from "Rigoletto." han- 
dled by Beatrice Belkin, Adelaide de 
Loca, Harold Van Duzee and Doug- 
las Stanbury. Nothing new about 
this Item but well done. 

Ru.«?sell Marker L's dancing troupe 
•if 32 performs In one with an im- 
ire.q.slve dlsplav of mu.scular co- 
•rdlnation and discipline. The 



T&D 

(OAKLAND) 

Oakland, Cal., Sept 

Lynn . CoAvan is the stage 
leader and m. c. at this West Coast 
house. During the several months 
here has developed considerable 
of a following. Cowan has a. like- 
able personality and can. sell the 
stage acts as well as the band and 
himself. Fanchon & Marco presen 
tation house, with the stage shows 
here direct from LoeW's Warfield, 
San Francisco. 

Current show, is peppy. Largely 
due to presence of the Georgia Lane 
"Denver Beauties," 16 presentable 
gals who show the result of cateful 
training. They are the last word in 
pep and in perfect unison. 

Cowan is brought on with a chord 
from the band. . At the Tuesday 
matinee he pulled the old Al Her 
man gag of going off for a bigger 
reception. It worked mildly. Then 
the Lane girls for high stepping that 
won deserved attention. The gals 
wear a gold and green trouserette 
outfit. Another band number, titled 
"Everything We- Like Wo Like It 
Alike" (new around here), placed in 
fast tempo with Cowan warbling the 
wOrds. 

Gals back for novelty hand manip-' 
ulation and stepping and then Car- 
lena Diamond, harpLst, finished 
player. Hot Huiu number by the 
gals next, the femmes .wearing 
bizarre outfits and wiggling aplenty. 
One sang a. few introductory lines. 
Band followed with a .special ar- 
rangement of "Chiquita," with 
Cowan singing It, and then the 
Trado Twins, comedy patter and 
stepping. The boys sewed things up 
properly. 

For the finale Lane girls on for a 
zipplty dance with the band whoop- 
ing it up. All-round good enter- 
tainment and relished. 

Screen feature, "The Patriot" 
(Par) Edwards. 



PARAMOUNT 

("House Boat"— Unit) 
(Wired) 
(NEW YORK) 

New Y'ork. Sept. 29. 

When taking "The l':ioet's In" 
(Par) from the Rivoli to offset tlic 
lirst weeli of Paul Ash's aV).sence, 
tlie house missed a bet by the stage 
department slipping. 

"House Boat," staged by Joseph 
Santley, departs from the usual 
stage band presentation in being 
without the avex'agc number of 
singles and two-acts and In other 
ways, but the novelty fails to 
qualify as superior to what has be- 
come the usual istage stuff in pic- 
ture houses. 

Dave Apollon Is featured above 
all else and contributes a dance and 
a musical specialty, besides cpri- 
ductlng the band and announcing. 
He can do more than that. Apolr 
Ion uses a thick Russian accent that 
might prove dangerous after a 
week. With all his talent he isn't 
quite the. type to attract the fem- 
inine patronage. That's not to be 
held agsilnst him as a topline ro- 
tating performer, but it dpubtles.sly 
would were he to be permanently 
held In one spot. 

With Apollon and the band arc 
12 Felicia Sorei girls/ the Manllii 
iStrlng Orchestra and a girl dancer, 
The Sorels are on thrice in the for- 
miil film house ballet manner while 
the musicians from the Philippines 
play one number. From the way 
they played and wiere received, they 
could have done more. 

The girl dancer, not announced, 
is In sfeml-comlc male attire and 
does that kind of a dance. An odd 
effect Is gained by a nigtail hanging 
down her back^ The^giirl Is clever 
as well as something new and rates 
either billing or Introduction. Apol- 
lon announced - every number but 
that.. She took a deserved encore 
and appeared In the finale, also 
dancing. 

Another native of Manila, Gllcerlo 
Serna, tenor, pirobably a member 
of the musical group, did two num- 
bers. One Is a special, "Boat Song." 
Set Is slightly suggestive of fi house 
boat, or near enough, hence the 
show's label. 

Presentation ran 30 minutes, but 
the screen feature con.sumed 75.' 

Paramount news followed a brief 
prelude by the pit orchestra 
"Krazy-Kat Cartoon" short may be 
present only as a filler but there 
are better fillers available. It fol 
lows the . "Aesop's Fahle" plan 
closely, but not as good, which • l.s 
pretty bad. 

.Tesse Crawford's organ spot la 
devoted to celebrating the return 
of . Mrs. Crawford; Inactive since 
June. A special set of excellent 
slides explained away the frau's ah- 
sence, stating she left to take un 
housework and now is through witb 
It. The wording drew a lau.gh .an,<i 
Mrs. Crawford is. peachy recentiort 
They doubled on two pops with the 
Mrs., at the stage console, as charm 
In.g as ever. Applause at the finish 
entjaled any for anything else the 
bill. Bige. 



robalily wont home .and had 
supper. 

Preaent.'ition is a stand;ird allor- 
nation of ballet and band nunihor.<? 
and acts. New picture house faces 
among the turns with Aubrey Sis- 
ters promising much. Tliese, two 
beauts were la.st seen as the solo 
alibi in a revue trying out for 
aude. They look logical In kid 
clothes, have hannony and dance 
talent susceptible to , development, 
nd in the meant in\e can rely on 
their manipulalion of two little dolls 
in chorus dances as a ^cal-rying 
novelty. . QMie doll dance has been, 
used in picture hoUf^es hero before, 
but not enouRh to kill . its- novelty. 
Another new. turn locally, Morey 
Amsterdam, flopped here w i t h 
comedy and. songs due to his own 
cello, accoinpaniment. His material 
and voice are nil. Top applause 
wtts taken by Karxivacff dping his 
Russian dance with taps. 

Olcott and Lee, of vaude, clcsed 
the acts . and .stacked up. as good 
material for presentations. Olcott 
is a pianist and light comedian. Miss 
Le© straighting between, balladd. 
Highlight Is Olcotfs piano-vocal 
Idea of ' an entire musical show, 
strong in humor, Roy Deitrlch, m. 
c., eliminated his song spot because 
of throat trouble, and stuck to 
straight announcing; 

Frank Brown and Kay Lji Velle, 
doing their "Don't Handle the 
Goods" vaude act oh Vitaphone 
came through clearly and to sub- 
stantial comedy returns. Intierna- 
tional Newsreel completed. 

Three-fourths house at week-end 
matinee. Jiinff. 



SANFORD 



(IRVINGTON, N. J.) 

.Irvington, N. J., Oct. 1. 
Revived after the summer, the 
stage shows hero start off with a 
fine production called "Home Agsiin 
Blues." -Glever, clean, and classy 
this one; hasn't a dull moment. 
Credit goes to Louis R. Golding, 
S-F executive and part owner of 
the house, for the staging. . ' 

Making his first appearance any 
where as an ni. c. Les Stevens, 
band leader last .season at the 
Branford, scored individually. Show, 
starts with band playing, bril- 
liant chords behind curtain which 
finally opens to discjos^ Ray 
Nichols in front of the band. This 
nine-piece combo was good last 
year and that still goes. 
'Lineup includes the three Adams 
Si.stors, recently at the Branford; 
Murray Parker, who sings to his 
uke accompaniment; Ruff and 
Rumble, . acrobatics; Gertrude 
Fisher, acrobatic-contortion work.; 
and Dorotliy Johnson, in a long 
routine of .«inging, sax playing and 
band leading. All clicked. Among 
other tilings, Stevens, put over a 
bedtime story, with interpretative 
playing by the band, to good ef- 
fect. Attempt at a scenic novelty 
is .m.aiT^o, tlin .^et Is.^offective and 
Th e .w h 0 iV' pT' o rlitn t Foh .s in o o thrTTb use- 
was enthusiastir-, with stage enil 
running CO minutcf.". No org;) n' solo, 
but I'\ Ahvaise, at the corisule, can 
really play and docs. Ilia effects 
for the feature were well executed. 
Newsreel was all. Fox for nine, 
minutes. Bennett comedy and the 
feature. "State Street S.adle" 
f silent) (W. B.). won eheors in ex 
citinfr moments. An.tHn. 



(Week Sept. 22) 
("Oh Teacher" Unit) 

Ben Black Is back . at the Par-; 
amount as m. c, opening with this 
John Murray Anderson unit sur 
rounded by most of the kids Gus 
Edwards left behind when he de 
parted for the coast. Program had 
Ash listed throughout, but the red 
head departed for Chicago a week 
sooner than expected. 

Set consists of a cross section of 
a country school house with Black 
as the school master. Orchestra is 
dressed In colorful, blouses and 
spotted upstage back of a desk-like 
partition. Kids are down front 
draped around light colored desks 
and benches. 

Ray Belger and Helen Kennedy 
provide the comiedy bits, most of it 
the familiar type material employed 
in vaude acts of this character 
Black does straight and runs , the 
show smartly. Andrew and Louise 
Carr supply tap stuff, a.nd. on thoir 
second appearance are followed by 
an elderly couple who show tliem 
hoofing of another generation. Lu- 
cien La Rue handled the vocal num 
bers nicely, especially a blackboard 
number In which Virginia Ray and 
Laura Lee: are the caricatured, fig 
ures. Bolger's legmanla Is okay 
but his story aboui the origination 
of the blacl^bottom Is . in poOr, taste 
for the picture house audiences. 

Presentation ran 45 minutes and 
should be cut,. 



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AVALON 

(Wired) 
(CHICAGO) 

Chicago, Oct. 1 
Member of the bankrupt chain 
of National Playhou.ses, but draw 
ing good business. Plainly, th 
Avalon Is an Innocent victim 
weak company. 

This week tho sound version o 
-^Midnlght-Taxl— (W-B)H»=-Btaeklng- 
up as the berries. Attendant stage 
show, "Crazy Rhythm," Is a satis- 
factory 45 minutes concocted by tw j 
producers, William Biltgen and 
Billy Mills. These bOys painted the 
usual band enclosure and side stair- 
ca.ses In checkered pattern, outfit- 
ted the stage band In bright cos- 
tumes and designated thrfee routines 
for the eight ballerinas. Then they 



STATE 

(Wired) 
(MINNEAPOLIS) 

Minneapolis, Oct. 1. 
This week's orchestral presenta- 
tion was "Madame Butterfiy" with 
Emily Day in the title role. A sniall 
rnale, chorus was off stage. Got oyer 
nicely. 

"Four Sons" (Fox) was the fea- 
ture with the program also Includ- 
ing Fox Movietone News, a novelty 
reel of wise cracks and the or- 
chestra's rendition of the theme 
song from ''The Singing Fool" (WB) 
underlined attraction. 



PARTHENON 



(HAMMOND) 

Hammond, Ind,. Sept. 29. 
William II. Kleihege, who owns 
the Parthenon, hag been sentenced 
to the. bastile from two to 14 years 
for encouraging friends to blow up 
his other theatre In Hammond, the 
State. His son, Carl, Is operating 
the Parthenon. 

Audiences In Hamniond . arc a 
friendly lot, demanding little class 
in production and Inclined to re 
gard a well aimed custard pie as 
the ultimate In humor. For this 
reason inexpensive stage entertain 
ment is not .bad judgment. It ap 
pears to be drawing and satisfying 
at the Parthenon. 

Sunday a splurge Is made with 
Keith vaudeville; Monday, Tues 
day and Wednesday Billy Weinberg 
of Chicago books in a low-priced 
mixture of song arid dance called 
a. Revuslcal, and the remaining 
three days are devoted tc a stage 
band presentation, also booked by 
Weinberg. 

Bill Michaels and his pit orches 
tra are moved to the stage for the 
last half show. In adapting them 
selves to stage work the men ap 
parcntly have not recognized the 
vital function of this type of>mu 
sic — to add pep and set the pace 
for the entire presentation. Thurs- 
day night they were playing way 
too slow, and with a monotonous 
rhythm suited only to dancing, 
They have the ability to easily 
correct this fault. 

Production was limited to a land 
scape backdrope and a band en 
closure. The . musicia ng, started 
with a, sTow'pdp arrangement using 
Michaels for a frail but highly ap 
plauded vocal Interlude. First ap 
pearance of Mose Lee, m. c, was 
good for a laugh. Lee wears 
clothes accentuating a peculiar 
build, has the delivery, but relied 
on weak material. Better gags are 
easy to find; and would give him 
considerably more class. ' 

Florence Knight, singer and dan 
ccr,' lost some of her appeal with 
a poor stage ensemble. That and 
her talk with Lee Indicated she is 
new to tho work. Her vOlce is 
fair and the taps will pass. 

Aiieen and Vance, riilxed team 
handling an old style comedy dia 
log act, probably are veterans of 
small time vaude. The act will 
carry in sm.all spots. Best spe 
cialty worker in the lineup was 
Hal King, chair d.ancer and ec 
centric hoofer. He finl.shos with 
romance told in . dancing, from 
courtship to runout on the mother 
In-1,aw. 

Moni's and ■ Evan.s, colored tap 
team>=-olo sedMh e--si)eeialtIeH.^M;L\-= 
well dancers, five girls of varlou.'^ 
build.s, ai^peared twice, without ik)s- 
sibililios. Kunriing tin\c of pi'';scn- 
tatlon, 45 minutes, 

Although Weinberg's nhows don't 
cost much, he usually putfl out , a 
better ensr-mhle than this. "The 
!First Kiss" CPar) feature. 

(.;ood biz at four bits per liead. 



ORIENTAL 



(Wired) 
(CHIC AGO) 

Chicago, Sept. 29. 
Today wa.s the day all of Chl- 
ago's ilaiUH'rs and meuxcLirs. of the 
.Ash Club wei-i! waiting for. Willi joy, 
glee, and w liat not. Paul Ash came 
back to the Oriental. Never was 
there ever .such a demonstration put 
on iiere for ah individual of the 
theatre. A mob packed the tiieatre 
and janmxed. the doors all day'. It. 
proved beyond doubt that Chicago 
wants Ash and wants lum bad. 

The Ijouioconiing show was a 
beautiful bit of production titled 
Paul Ash's Bag O'Tricks," Lou 
iMcDcrmolt staging. "The A.sh "spir it 
in the house had a lot to do with 
tlie rousing reception accorded 
everything In tho show, but on legit 
scoring the bill Was one of tho best 
assembled of itis kind, wide in va- 
riety and strong In quality. 

Topping some pretty keen compe- 
tition and following everybody and 
everything. Including several show . 

topping periods, Cliff Nazarro 
whamriied the mob. After Opening 
with a fast comedy song he calmed 
the audience down to tear 'em 
apart with a ballad. Intelligent lay- 
out of the show kept the ballet 
down to one routine at the Ihti'O- 
duction. This set of girls has been 
seen too much. 

Ash's first mu.sical number was a 
pop In which the lone discordant 
note of the entiro Show was sound- 
ed. This was the vocal efforts of 
Paul Small, song plUgger, whose 
presence on the stage is made pos- 
sible only and solely through his 
benefactor. Ash i Lucky Boys (6) 
were sensational with their ' risley, 
tumbling and .acrobatics. Boys are 
clean cut and great performers. 
Johnny Payne, plandmanlac wa,s In- . 
troduced by Ash as another pro- 
tege.. A demon at the finger board, 
this boy also sings some Ipwdown 
blues. Go-Go Delys,. coast devel- 
oped product, went oyer in fine 
style with Ash lending a .useful 
hand. Go-Go Is a personality gal 
who can warble a ballad or a 
aprightlier number. Her style and 
delivery has Improved. Nifty pic- 
ture number was "Chiquita," .put 
over by Ash's gang. Stanley Twjifls, 
formerly of the Abbott Dariceirs, 
showed some pretty heels and toes 
and were more thian satisfactory. 

More about AsH was heard on the 
organ from Preston Sellers, with the 
mob going Wild In a singing orgy In 
tribute to their Idol. Newsreel car- 
ried a clip of Ash's homecoming and 
the celebration at the train. Screen 
feature was the silent "Water- 
front." Loop. 



LOEW'S STATE 

(Wired) 
(LOS ANGELES) 

Los Angeles, Sept. 28. 
Charlie Murray Of the old Mur- 
ray and Mack team and who started 
in pictures at a tlmie when comics 
were few and far between, is in the 
picture houses. Fanchon and Marco 
copped him for a 14 weeks' tour and 
from trade indications at this house 
Murray is one of tho biggest all 
around draws they have had out 
here in many a moon. Long before 
1:30 they turned 'em away and. 
when It was over there were lines 
half a block long. 

Murray Is not one of those screen- 
stage disappolntmeints. The Vet- 
eran has not lost any of his mug- 
ging tricks, dances, chants, clown- 
ing or mimics, F. an^ M. have 
built a real show around him. For 
the opening Billy Snyder, juvenile, 
and Maxfne Doyle are in front of a 
drop depicting the exterior of Mur- 
ray's chapeau shop. "Hats" is the 
name of th6 idea. Models do a 
number with the next scene the In- 
terior of the shop. A dozen girls 
go through tap routine on boxes. 
Murray is then Introduced by Al. 
Lyons, m. c. 

- -Murray tells a- trio of. tad stories 
befpre taking up the baton to direct 
the orchestra/ Ho leads the gang 
in a burlesque overture and does 'a 
travesty on the regular m. c. for 
laughs. "Then a little damsel called 
Lucille Page. This gal has just 
turned 16, Is easy to look at, has 
per-sonallty, and when It conies to 
stepping is, miles out In front. The^ 
kid Is surefire and Broadway. She 
does a human pin wheel dance that 
Is original. ^ 

The little Doyle gal Is. nifty too. . 
Great to look at arid wears clothes 
nicely. Knows taps and has a 
voice that Is audible on the other 
side of the lights. She docs a 
double eccentric tap with Murray 
that gonled 'em. Cu.stomers canr-^^'' 
realize that the comic Who i,s near 
00 ha.s the p'-j) and vitality to step 
with this 17 I;is.«Ie. 

Lyons got little oh.mec at the m. 
('.. .stuff. .Tnst one band number 
W()i-klny- wltli 'inc of his four horse- 
men, Nenl Cf.istagnoll, who pl.ays a 
mean clarinet. Several flash- ,cn- 
^«emiiin""TinmiV(Tw^^0r=^np--^g}r^ 
Murray cloKing. Ilan 3f? minutes 
and i.s solid entertainment. 

Fox Moxietone newsreel No, 43, 
with Ruby Keeler, Jol.';on, Sir 
Thomas Llpton, Westminister Choir 
and two other shots opened. Then a 
fashion revue in technicolor made 
for a 1' eal furrf'-r with the furrl«»r 
fContinued on page 40) 



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VARIETY 



VAUDEVILLE REVIEWS 



Wednesday, October 3, 1928 



PALACE 



(St. Vaude) . 

It limy bo saill that Uu'n'o. is moro 
A'uriOty taU'iit aiul v'ainli'viili'.-^ 
vuiulovillo oil Mic. lairi'i'iit i'aiaci> 
bill than has bocn at tluv J'aiaf.- 
at any lUii! titiu! in si'V^ral yi.a>. 
Ot 'coui'ftO tiiat U!i-;'.)is iMiU-riam- 

J110)lt. 

. . .%lonilay hi>Aht iho 1u'1..-m'. iaiU;il 
to uii ill tin- .('iH'la'Mia ycait- luii. tiii^ 
shovv shoiilii be iU'a%\iiij;v vapaciiy 
by A\'f.iliii\-><Uiy aiul I'm- t>:iiiaiTi- 
d'or of the \viH l<; Ir'tt tlu- Sill t oi: a 
bill tlial uill or sl;n.ulcl b'.> a fcii'il. 
advo! lihor. 'J lui.'i> toi)i)oi-.s in I Joiuiy 
a.UivisS una his "(lanK" oC lf>, in^ 
x'iuilin^ siMHi' bana of .10, J:u:k: 
ri-arl ;ur(l vi.iniiany v of ihi-i o (--s't w 
-AclsV, iintl )''ran'kio iloaih. ... 

Whi'lo a jujJKUr; l'\-Iyvis, holil uv 
..tho: v>'-i"f'^i''"''^"f -^'^'^ 3, Davis lUil -b). 
ihinutos, (.fusing tho first part. Miss 
Heath opened the soc-ond section 
solidly arid Toarl lau^'h^nI;■ly dosed 
the show, followed by the news 

■ i-ecl. 

Pea.rl brousht the (legv.iierato 
Broadway style bt ine:ioi;t day staK- 
diaUiff to the I>'ah.ice; , He probably 
•puUfd a; gas' that is tin; rawosi 
thiriy a vaiide stage has, ever heard, 
at least in this covinfry. . Yet it wa> 
in for the Monday iiiKht pcvrorm- 
ance, which said that the manage.- 

■ ixieiit apparently did not. dare to 
order it out through fear' of- losing 
the Pearl turn. . 

If Keith's -with its family attend- 
ance and matinee bid expects to 
stand for - a gag like Pear s, they 
can fold up or sell out; it's the best 
thing for thorn to do, for with that 



kind of stuff and the Texas Guinun 
:revuo blackouts, they arc - headed 
tor a split \veck picture policy 
whether they do or do not w:lre 
houses. 

It's the biggest laugh Pearl ever 
had, this gag, and nothing ap- 
proached It for a laugh Monday 
night in the show. But ifs strictly 
the nuts for vaUde. -No doui>t Pearl 
could sell it for plenty to a Broad- 
way mu.^ical.' It Was -pulled as 
Pearl's first gag and threatened . to 
swamp his turn for anything to 
follow but he did well 'and closed 
the show very successfully at after 
cteyen. 

"*^Pearl Is talkingwith lils sti-aight, 
who informs the Dutch c.omedian 
a friend says hO' swore >at him the 
Sunday before when Pearl ' passed 
him on the road In his car. The 
friend '.s car was on th^ side of the 
road, still, at the time. Pearl de- 
nied he swore at his friend ; it must 
hav« been an error; all he said 
was: 

"I see you're sunk in the ditch." 

Benny Davis has a corking fa.st 
lively turn of sohg. music, dances 
and some cOmedy. He's, in the ceh 
ter Of a bright setting, with a band 
of 10 behind him, while eight per 
formers are seated about, four; at a 
table on either side of the stage 
All, including the bandsnien, con- 
tinually moving- in unison to the 
music and singing. 

Monday night's audience was 
pushover for the dancinp; in the 

• Davis act. In fact the earlier danc- 
ing turns had all the best of It 
with the house worn out by re 
peated applause as the act pro 
grossed. Benny sang two new songs 
of his own, "Who Wouldn't Be 
Blue?" and "That's How I Feel 
About Ybu," besides a snatch mod 
ley of his former song hits, all rec 
ognlzed; Among the specialists 
Benny throws forward the: girl of 
Bemis and Brown, primarily dancers 
and doing well enough at that, but 
with the girl tjivcn a little too 
mu(!h leeway here, especially in 
singing. She may hold pbs.sibilltics 
and if so, it will be With dancing 
and comedy only. As an eccentric 
comedienne the girl looks likely 

: with training and experience. 

AH of the dancing scored and lots 
of it. A trio oiE the band boys did 
nicely with two songs, up against 
the Fuzzy Knight style juSt ahead 
for cine of them which would -have 
gone over strongly, otherwise. 
These boys look good enough to 
go on as a Vaude act by themselves. 
They arte Jiinmy • McCarth.v, Ray 
Kule and Jimmy Noel. 

Benny has by far his best act. 
a most entertaining one and if 
• travelling -the vaude route :as . it 
should,' advance publicity might 
hear heavy, that it is entertaining. 

• It can stand up under that kind of 
pre-publicity. About the best .and 
most unnoticed section . is how 
Benny has routined, this turn to 
send everything over, through par 
tlclpia-tioh in building, up of each 
specialty by either the other pcr- 

■ formers or the orchestra. That is 
hijjh-class yaude staging. 

Another duplication besides the 
^'svododo singing was "Uomona" 
twire mentioned in differont turns 
and similarly. Not so nifty on a 
second performance. And "Strange 
Interlude." also mentioned twice. 

Miss Heath has. four songs by 
Harry Broen. Two oC them are per- 
^rt'T-"ditndir!^r^lltlnight--Kose^ahd 

• "Maybe," With Breon writing 
lyrics like these, of the flip and 
fahcy Broadway sort now in de- 
mand, ho shouldn't be hiding away 
doing a vaude turn somowliore, but 
should be on the 3>.roadw.ay he so 
wisely wTitos of. Lyricists of his 
kind are needed there, ])lenty. His 
"Midnight Roso" has the best Times 
Square lyric ever written. Mla.s 
Heath does the numbers nici^ly. of 
eonr.so. She's acting them and that 
is helping, making vacli sons a 



characterijsailDU without changing 
costume for any one. Her linal 
song is the weakest. Miss Heath 
received flowers, over the fo.ot.s and 
was held for a -^ip'-'ooh but inoroly 
yaid '•ThaiUv Voii," another Ui.liv- 
erv 6vlii>rs .)ni;?ht well copy. 

j-'uzzy Kiiii;iit (N'ew AeLs) was 
inovrd frmn .\(). 4 to Is'o. !> at night 
lo iielp Uie early part, bui- l-'ii^i/.y 
eau'i . slaiul up by hiinselt' as a 
siiijilo uiru, in vaudeville, .J'lis 
lan.sAV too iiniited and lie- is al- 
w;iys i-.cpealing. in the >;o..4 spot 
were Jei'ouie and Gray, in a ctmi- 
edy turn w ith soino. niuslc. It's- a 
man and woman act with Jeroint 
talking nieely in a :gagtiing way 
Miid ea ■'iiy'gotlin.i;- laiigiis, v.ven it' he 
.did. have to use? a eocRroaeh bit for 
lii.s.best. 

One. of Jerome's .gags. .was. about 
••Get Out and Get Under the Moon,"' 
mentidiu'il by x\iiss Gray. "He 
should get a Cadillac," said .Terome, 
arid as he exited, remarked sptto 
voice to Benny Itoberts, since the 
gag had died, -'arid I still think ifs 
a. good one." It is,' but who knows 
of the Moon? • . . 

Felovis. is alone in his class over 
here .'is a light article, juggler and 
Jap stick and' ball manipulator. Old 
timers will say of him, a. foveigner, 
he recalls Rastelli. Quite true, ivut 
llasteili reealled Cin^•quevaH^ afid 
wiio roiiiembers the latter? P'cw 
nbw remember llasteili, leaving Fe- 
lovis 'quite , okay, liven his mi.sses 
Monday night couldn't hurt his ap 
plaiuse. Soirie of the misses may 
have been business. His manipula 
tions of ~ the ball arid sticks is 
superb and the Japs themselves 
have not surpassed it. . 

Oiiening- the show were Milt Dill 
and Sister, on a return here after 
.a long wMiile. It's- a lariat circling 
turn, with the man doing usual 
stylo talk while i-oping. Seemed" too 
much talk for ah opening turn, but 
did well enough, and might do- bet- 
ter with better talk. "A Night- At 
the Club," No. 2, all male octet with 
Hollis Dcvany^ leading (New Acts) 
gbt through well enough. A rec- 
oriimendation for this turn is that 
all of the men of the chorus sing 
ing chorus look regular, some even 
more so. Sime. 



(Vaudfilm) 
•Wlioevcr the glorlliod guy Is who 
ucceeded .Joe. iOmmott as liouse 
manager at the State, he cloesn'l 
like to have. his house or his aels 
or his orchestra panned, lie ad- 
mitted as. mtieh. What's more, he 
can't understaiid why Mr. Ummett 
sued- a Kpoeial pass .to N'arlety with I ciinod to 



BROADWAY 



.(Vaudfilm) 

Nothing in either the vaude 
names or the picture to attract 
Kven with the weather more con 
ducive to theatre-going biz wasn' 
anything to throw raves about, 
Show was average. On the screen 
■the River Pirate" (Fox), 
Harriet Hawrot and Boys (New I snappily, 



STATE 



an ax'gumcnt in favor o£ the return I RIVERSIDE 
of the sketch. ^ . , ,\, .c, v 

Helen Crosby, blonde and single (Vaud61m) 
outside of a piano .player, uncorked With Its vaude portion, lopped to 
three pops in the deuce. One, a f^^p ^^^^ f^d 70 minutes by tha 
ballad, wa.sn't any too strong with Uoverely long feature iilm, "King of 
its war interpolated strains but her KiiigH,- the Riverside this week is, 
high register hold that which sat s- igj-g a vaude theatre than ever 
lied in the closing selection. Mlsa before. Funny, too, to compare the 
Ci'osby could havo^sheaked another U„aicnce of Monday night , to those 
number but played smart and de- | the two-a-day pight-act $2 top 



press • the . invitation. 



times. And funnier when recalling 
the Riverside's heyday wasn't any 
longer than two years or so ago, 
with -that theatre one of the most 
perfect vaude dates in the <;ountry 
for so many years without w.ivering 
either, way. 

For those who prefer, variety tlierw 
is quality if not quantity here this 
week.. Limited number seemed to 



a courtesy inscription .th(;rcon to U^.- jg. p^jj^.^ ^Qi^jj-pfj qyf,,i.tet, didn't ] 
aoQoramodate the Variety reviewers start much while on the stage fol- 
n the logo seats where, coming in jy^^^j^. j^|i,,g Cro.sby. However, the 
It the drop of tho vaudeville bar- pj^im impact was more resonant at 
.ier .-IS they do. Joe appreciated the K.i,p finjgj^ xhkxi for any other do- 
convenience of a seat and. a,place to oiple on the bill. Kerr and Ensign 
smokei .were- next at the. post to ease 

Furthermore,' , says . 'Mr. State's |.tiirough smoothly and well. Mixed 
louse manager; he would, cancel tho team's cross chatter amused with' 
alidity of Joe Kmniett'a special | the violin Arnaiit idea, holding up^ 
pa.s.s, and he did. 
Xoew's State is at Broadway arid 

45th street. ■ li^VJ » ^« — — 1 , 

After ' tliiis calling sp>cial atten- help ii! he were to unfurl a couple .getting was good. . ^ /xi 

tion to his orchestra, therefore, of genuine chords regardless of how ^ .Starting were -The Ue.ssems (New 

Ruby Zwerdllng. loyal Hibernian,, long he's. been doing the act. : , //"^T'^'''^^^^''*''^^^^^^^ 

ed ills Spaniards in a slow medley Joe Mendl, trained monk, closed that will stop any show It^ opens 

of Irish tunes of the type appro- working crisply and only fumble and come through as a spotter in 

priatc enough for St. Patrick's week and on. one as.signment,. a bit with ''■"y '"^I'^^v ., , 

but btherwise not. particularljf pat. his tie which he previously had y^p-'^'K Hooth, ■ baritone^ tono . has 

- ' done minus the cue line. retained his pianlsto and style but 

Orchestra here n6eds plenty of changed his routine and numbers, 

attention. Sid. . The change is for the better and 

Booth seems more at ease now than 




A slow show is distinguished by 
Ai Herman who milked 'eni a,nd 
scored tiie applau.so and laugh hit. 
As effective as ever, the blackface 
comedian with the aid of an audi 
ence plUggcr-plant wais in from the 
start. 

Preceding him was Frank. Dob 
son with . four gals in a familiar 
Dobson sketch. Marion Sayers . i.s 
the new love vis-arvis ' as the 
framce of a. proposal conspiracy 
Coming after three quiet acts. Dob 
son's opportunities, were ripe and 
Herman, immediately ensuing, top 
ped everything. 



when using rather mislit stuff a few 
years .back. He now closes with 
a musical version ; of Klpllng'.<$ 
, "Boots." necessitating much iicting. 
West of Broadway turned put en jj^n^ solidly here on that. 



AMERICAN ROOF' 

(Vaudfilm) , 



masse to greet •' Hal Roach's kids 
of "Our Gang" comedy. Down- 
stairs and root went clean at 7 
Monday night with firemen in the 
lobby checkinig standees. 

This reviewer unaware of the 



Jack McLallen and his Sarah libw 
classify as a straight comedy turn. 
Ad libbing, "Well, back to the bid 
sure-fire," when . the. finish proper 
brodied. Jack pushed out his pedes-? 
•tal and tied on the skates for a 



^ 9,- , I okay to the roof where they were 

The Juvenile Steppers, an. evenly standing nine deep, 
divided dancing dozen, \vere a. flash -Gibson and Price opened with a 
in the closing- groove; Their leg- noveltv juggling specialty. The man 
mania, is rhythmic,, concerted andKi^andled' the Juggling while the 
excellently proisented. Their, forte U^yoi^.^Ln did some sketching during 
is tapology and they'd, fit in beaut;- interim. The combine got over well 
fully intb a Publix unit for ex- .as ah opener. 

ample or into a revue where tlie The enuriciator flashed Singer 
synchrbnoUs quality of their cn- and Llghtner next. A detailed fire 



rush anklcd.in at and^ go t^ the usual | oHnch encore. The preceding brodie 

X was a result of a song by an other- 

wise novel feminine stooge, usM 



to close.. The girl addition is 'way 
up :in the six feet class .in d freaky 
enough' for comedy. Also plays 
piano well. But. that song. Outl 
Day-Alleen and Co. and Marlta. 
dance fla.sh of seven people (New 
Acts), made the grade in the. closer. 



semble form^vtions and . routine. I man also discovered this scribe and See^^ with 
would stand up and out even, better, his ^ren makirig a 10th line aiid 1 P^Sv.^Lx°._Pv.. ^^^^L^^Hu^f -n 
than in vaudeville. One male team, ordered both out. Down the elevar 



the first duo to appear in a spo- I tor and up again, just to hear the 
cialty, are individual wows with getaway applause of the deucer on 
their buck-and-wing,. the tip oft th.at the same fireman 

Opening wore Van Horn and Ino'/, -was regulating tralfic downstairs, 
standard team on rollers, this time From applause they must hav6. 
doirig their stuff on an elevated liked them. 

rburid table platform. It is a novel Robbins and Jewett, male . two- 
manner for presentation and their some, trotted out with nifty hokc 
whirls and particularly the closing comedy, cro.ss-fire and ihstrumen- 
airplane effect— neck swing— tals that clicked heavy, giving way | 
closed tVieir zippy five minutes j. to the "Bet.ancourt Revue," like- 
able flash and John R. Walsh; 



Overture by the so-called "River- 
.•^Ide Salon Ensembl©:* (pit) with 
Charles Stein conducting, somewhat 
long. 

A sloppy Aesop Fable" and Path e 
newsreei. . 

Attendance scarcely three-onar- 
ter's, ■ Bifte. . 



Acts) shoved the vaude section off. 
Joe and Jahie McKenna were sec- 
ond. Act remains much the same, 
although the boy and girl found 
the biggest laughs with their classi- 
cal travesty at the close. Talk was 



cided results on dancing. I State's new. midnight movie idea, 

Harry J. Conley Company dressed patterned after the other Bron<i\Vay 



FILM HOUSE BEVIEWS 

(Continued from page 39) 
ad as the tag line. Overture by 



The 3 Lido Boys (New Acts) and I The latter just started when the 
Alfred La Tell with Sylvan Dell' asr firieman came back and spotted the orchestra was semi-heavy. Then 
slstlng followed. La Tell is : doin-T again. The dame wouldn't be J. Wesley Lord had his shot at the 
his comedy canine as ever and Miss crowded Into the ninth line, so es- organ with^ a medley pf pops, 
Dell is good foil. Their eight min- corted for another dive down the "Our Dancing Daughters" (MG) the 
utes are enough and La Tell wisely elevator. . She doesn't like vaude-:: feature. Ung. 
ciicking in'spots, but the duo could I docs not overstay his welcome. ville anyway, . but was sold on the [ 

use a much more advantageous line "Four Walls" (John Gilbert) Is Amcrlcari Roof assignment through 
of chatter. Team got. its most de- the feature and- a good test for the being baited, on the picture. Her 

~ " ■ " Cardboard L9ver." . \ (ROCHESTER) 

Another trip up got the tag of T>«^i,-»»f«»- m v «o;r.j- 97 

Fern and Davis' act with nothing _ ■(^{■t.frF J^^ 

but applause to record for this one. I ^"h William A. Calihan at tno 



EASTMAN 



the stage, and Conley continues one houses now doing it. 
of vaude's best comics. Skit, a bit 
too long, should fill a long-felt want 
on many comedy shy vaude bills. 
Following came Alexander and 
Peggy. Act might have tared bet 



Abel. 



5TH AVE. 



(Vaudfilm) 

ter" had it aoneared Prior to Con- I Five acts and "King o£ Kings") carr Jbrotners ana lietty. ciosing i - - --j,- 

ley.'^Duo^feK' witE thelr^^^^^^ th.e regular bill registered heavy gygjan Ballet^|-t^^^^^^^^^^ ^ 1^% 



It applause to recoia lor im.^ one. ^.^ctcm'ttinn nf 

T i»f f iiTirtlRtiirhed <5t}indlnir until M*®'™' following, the resignation oi 
Mm "colUns ^"roUed '^t^ wfth" h|^ ^ ^Dlarke js jenerul manager 

s"tXJed\r°s£ow 5ow^rrr"anSf;\'SrspIc:'' T^^^^ 

''Sf BV^'th'eVTaad Betty, closing peek's bill opens With Lulginl's 



faced talk and were trailed by 28th street Monday night except a -with acrobatics 

Sonnv Hines Co (New Acts). An- s'^ort show and a long picture. And just as the "Our Gang" kid 

other new one was Boyle and Delia Three quarters of a house couldn't Qies trotted out, the same fireman 

(New Acts) find anything to become frantic again copped and again the elcva 



12no Troupe, Japs, closed, 
men and two women. Okay. 

Mark, 



86TH ST. 



Two over with the result nobody had an 
excuse to do an encore and the 
vaiide portion was all wound up by 
9:45. 

Layout was versatile enough biit 
didn't jell into, heavy applause. The 
inevitable flash opened and a monk 
closed. In between were a quartet, 
and a crossfiring mixed 



tor, but this time with company. 
The othei" mugs squawked for a re- 
bate, and got it. 

Nan hollered murder, but was 



eventually appeased upon promise doCks 



overture, with Guy Fraser Harrison 
directing. . 

Stage presentation is a. musical 
frolic . called "I Declare!" It will 
bring a reminlscejit chuckle from 
anyone who ever has faced the 
ordeal of the customs house. Gayne 
Ralph Bunker staged his scene at 



(Vaudfilm) 

New era vaude at the east side I sketch 
uptown Proctor stand brings out team. Mahon and Scott's Revue re 
several new faces in a layout con- niinds strongly of the slow spots in 
sisting of three dancing acts, a high any Broadway musical breaking in 
quality perch act and a fine comedy out-of-town. If the Palladium, 
skit that is excellently spotted In London, is having its troubles dig 
this type of neighborhood house, ging up headliners let it take wam- 
Taken all in all- the bill -might be ing to set up preventatives against 
classified as better than average; the flash act epidemic,- sometimes 
despite all three dancing turns find khowh as that indoor sport of toss- 
it necessary to drag in the. varsity ing the great American torso. Girls, 
stuff and build up the black bottom, thousands of 'em, have rolled. 
New era vaude In the neighbor- twisted and bent themselves dou- 
hoods just like" the era that preced- ble the past year, and the bookers 
ed it lack.s real comedy turns wlih I are evlderitly still : impressed. It's 
oriiginality. . . [ conie to that pass where it's physi 

Chris Ohl.sholm and Viola- Brceh, cal exhaustion to watch 'erin. Some 
in "A Frozen Romance," next to of the exponentis get . into such 
shut, have a comedy sketch that shape that they're off balance when 
holds a flock of poHte laughs. Idea I unraveling to accerittiatc the awk- 
centers around a honeymoon spent. [ wardness arid convince that it's 
ih a. 3Ui>posedly haunted . Canadian not dancing. IPlenty of effort and 
border cabin, with a gang- of rum no headwork; Mahon and Scott 
runners, pulling the ghost stuff to personally fling themselves through 
scare the couple back to the states, an energetic Apache for a finish. 
Act is suited for the split week It helped here. Otherwise they're 
houses, winning general approval assisted i by a, singing sister . team 
hore. ■ closer in their relationship than 

Foy Family, now five, dish up harmony, • a male piani.st and . a 
eoniedv. si)ngs and dances, the quin- femmc floor sweeper who posed in 
tot Rolting most with ah am.ateur a mid-stage entrance; before going 
moving pieluro camera bit. Charley Into her number; forgot something, 
Foy straights for his younger dashed off, dashed on. and po.sod all 
brother, Irving, tlio lalle.r showing over again as the pit crew vamped 



she'd be fixed for the picture an 
other night. She's going, but wants 
a bond . posted. Thinks the Whole 
thing was a gag and for that 
wouldn't take a lB-5 taxi, but de- 
manded a Packard with liveried 



As tho pa.ssengers disembark in 
the midst of a huge pile of baggage 
they are taken In charge by the cus-. 
toms ofllcers and forced to open the 
various trunks. One reveals a Ger- 
man mechanical toy piano and 
chauffer at $4 per hour to square. I pij^yg^ -which gives Benny Machan 
She got it, hut this chump won't opportunity to contribute a snappy 
again eat regularly until Saturday, piano solo.' 

"Her Cardboard Lover" was Out of another step six of the 
scheduled as screen feature. Didn't g^artest' Paris models, exhibiting 
see It, but the . manager swore . it powns, pajamais, sport clothes, lln 



would go on tb close the show.. 

: Edha 



evidences of a chip oft the old block 
alonjj^-GQim^dy^Iincs — The- Lwitv^gida... 
Mary and Madeline, dross up the 
act neatly with dancing and pop 
tunes, Blrdie'Denn in. a Hash d.'inc- 
Ing turn (New Acts) clo.scd, 'while 
the 3Va standnrd perch.' turn opened 
to good returns. Worthy and 
Thomp.=«on (New Acts) • dusky 
skinned, hoofers in the deuce spot, 
well received. 

"Just Married" (P.ar) was tho 
screen offering. Biz Monday night 
only fair down-stair.s, but good on 
the aliclves. 



until readyc 
^ - Ru th. Rob! nsor i ..ls _ov i d en. t bi, d o j ng 
the same sketch she did in '2i." 
Anyway, she's still doing a widow 
for comedy in a script which placed 
jiort expressions on the. fao<"'R of tho 
great iinwashod but goivorjiUy failed 
to crank tho grime with either 
smiles or laughter. A lot of waste 
material in this 23 minutes and as 
long as Miss Robinson is going to 
wear black silk stockings she might 
as well stake herself to a sheer 
pair. Support oast -of three Isn't 
any too stron.g and flio net i« not 



ACADEMY 

(Wired) 

When laist rieported In this sheet 
Al B. White, the persevering ballad- 
tiirottler, was doing a single run- 
ning 22 minutes. Now he .Is sur- 
rounded with 18 assistants arid the 
act ticks off . 42. Nevertheless,- Al 
does not sing "Laugh, CloWn, 
Laugh." 

He i.s now .shattering the acoustics 
with a new super-ballad written, he 
announces, particularly for his own 
dramatic uses. It is called "The 
Spell of the Blues" and Al gives it 
his heart's blood. Act is called 
"Broadway Scandals (New Acts) 
with no ai)ologies. It should be cut 
in half. It has its moments and 
specialty performers of merit but 
the total impression is tinged 
with tedium. 

'^EVi6n""hna=Al="lKTr=n^e:asorrable"orr- 
rUnning time tho Academy show' 

'•^Monday night would have been 
slow. . JMavIe \''oro w^as a let down 
'Xo. 2. Variety's arehlvo.s. reveal 
that this young lady was brought 
forward a few years ago as a 
find from P. S, No. 1 and tliiit 
after a period In the neighborhoods 
she achieved the Palace. At the 
Aradomy. nearly throe years lati;i 
Marie seemed a nioo girl proma 
Hii-oly lurnod. prcifossiimal. She 



gerle, etc. The models go into a 
double sextet with six stevedores. 
One of the girls, Ann Abbott, is a 
looker. Another trunk disgorges a 
Paris hat So huge three girls are 
required to wear it, and they have 
a nobby little song, "'Hats," . written,, 
by the versatile Benny Machan. 

A bottle of Scotch of heroic size 
gives Albert: Wheeler the comedy 
hit. Thelma Biracree as a French 
doll pantomimes a bit with Ivan 
Triesault as the hard-boiled cus- 
toms oflllcer, , 
Feature picture, "Four Walls." 

Gooding. 



could not fill the big auditorium 
and created restlessness in the 
audience. 

William and Joe MandoU, Owen 
McGivricy and, Frank JJevoc, con- 
stituting the last ahd best half of 
the bill, wore not well blended 
although all scored, MoGivney, by 
adding a tran.sparent .scrim and ox- 
=p OS i n g—1 vi a^-] 1 rotcan=--ingcn u LU y - ii w 



action, has extended the life, of his 
veneralde Oliver Twist skit. An- 
other twelve years prob.ably. 

Tho tail ond of "The River 
Pirate" (l-'ox). in the form of a 
spoken epilog, drew the open rasp- 
berry from the Academyites bo- 
cause of the prissy mannerisms of 
the actor who roads the lines. Tlie 
Kadex, standard novelty turn with 
trick apparatus, opened nicely. I'.iu- 
bi7.. LnniJ. 



Wednesday, October 3, 1928 



NEW ACtS 



VARIETY 



41 



JACK PEARL and Co. (3) 
iyhe Flirtatipn" (Comedy) 



"BROADWAY SCANDAL^" (19) 
Revue 



26 Mins.; One 
Palace (St. V.) 

Tack pearl may . have done thP 
-FStion" bit before. If so. this 
\rf, as a New Act rccora, since 
JJerc is none of him in thi« in the 
Sei Just now Mr. Poarl Is in be- 
tween Shubert musical productions, 
under contract to them. 

-Flirtation" is an old burlesque 
Kit of the low comedian being 
Sught by the straight mitn how to 
Srt with a girl. . Polished up a bit 
here and with the advantage of a 
t^Ice company. '•Flirtation;' is new 
to vaude. Besides, Pearl is about 
the single remnant of a great line 
af Dutch comedians of the Ameri- 
can stage, with the greate.st of them 
*11, . the: lite Sam Bernard. . 

The sputtering, excitable misfit- 
flinc word low Dutch of Pearl's is 
funny To an average audience he 
makes it funnier by working up' to 
«ags in a manner that holds laughs 
and Interest until the point Is ex- 
ploded; . 

In this turn Pearl's two bef?t gags, 
both howls, come eaj:ly in the rou- 
tine. That makes it all the harder 
for him as the act prooeeds to keep 
BP that yell tempo that really his 
first gag excited. That first , gag is 
more mentioned in detail In the Pal- 
ace show review of this issue, 
• Finish is the girl the Dutchman 
and straight flirted with, and who 
picked the. watch pocket of the 
putchman,' appealing to .a police-, 
man to arrest the men for msult- 
iiig her, but willing to accept $500 
as a silencer. And the straight get- 
ting the cop a;s an Elk, squares 
that, but In Informing the Dutch- 
man, the latter gets his signals 
mixed with the cop and is lugged 
off to the jug for the finish. 

Charles Marsh is- an excellent 
straight here, In work and appear^ 
aince. Billy Harris Is all right as 
the cop, with Winifred Pearl the 
flirtatious girl. 

This . act was thought stmng 
enough to close the Palace show, 
and it did, without losing a laugh 
for 26 minutes. ' Sime. 



42 Mins.; Full (Special) 
Academy (V-P) 



Averngo specimen of the type of 
production ad supposed to taki- 
1)1:100 in a night club with talent 
grouped aboiit' .'it tables ami called 
upon by a master of eeronionicK. 
Uunning time i.s riiliculous. A full j 
20 minutes ,«lu)iil(l he slashed. Sev- 
eral of the .speo.iaUy people do two 
numbers where one would be. ample. 
Act also .suffers tbrbugh similarity 
of talent and the.bunching of num- 
bers. A Ip-plece orchestra ha.s no 
chores other than nccompaniment. 

l^ck of variety and movement, 
through talent being always. present 
and introduced with; circus exa.g- 
geration. Standing out was a high 
kicking contest between Miss Kirk 
and Maxine tttone, an Edna Covey 
burlesQue the dance by Mil?; Rene.; 
and Al White's .dramatic ballad. 
"Spell of the Bliies." 

MaxinC Lewis, blues singer, 
stopped the sho.w,. but this was 
partly a. freak of that, audience psy- 
chology that makes , a mob stub- 
bornly In.sist oh an encore that ob- 
viously cannot be given. A girl, 
whose, name was swallowed by 
White, has a good carrying voice. 
Bobbe Tremaine's Arabic jingle 
dance was colorful. . 

Several strong points, but gen- 
eral structure and form militates 
against its rating. Does not possess 
t^wahk or class. lAind. 



EDWARD K. HOUSE 
Solo Organist 
Tivoli, Chicago 

Almost all Chicago organists arc 
alike in using illustrated song slides 
for their solos and encouraging 
community singing. House differs 
In discarding the printed chatter 
Incidental to the songs and deliver- 
ing it. vocally, which rates him. a 
novelty. 

His solos are presented in the na- 
ture of confidential piano talks, 
calling for an additional . Console 
for him to use while facing the au- 
dience. At the performance re- 
viewed he lectured on 'the value of 
singing, calling it the modern foun- 
tain of youth and claiming one song 
will add 33 minutes to your life. 
After the customers had tried a 
few numbers. House stated that if 
anyone missed a grandmother, she 
could be found in one of the near- 
by dine and dance joints. 

For conclusion. House sang one 
chorus himself with pipes unusual 
for an organist. 

The direct talk idea proved quick 
m warming up the cu.stpmeTS for 
community singing. It al-so attract- 
ed more than the customary atten- 
tion given organ solos. 

DAY-AILEEN and Co. and Marita 

(7) ■_ . 

Dance PTash 
19 Mins.;, Full (Special) 
Riverside (V-P) 

All dancing, most of it good. 
Members are a mixed adagio team, 
single girl and a uniform group ot 
four, also girls. u 
. The team's rep ranges from waltz 
to adagio. The single miss first ap- 
pears In the frnilesit. number In the 
turn, a fan waltz on the order of 
A'anessi. The quartet Is sprightly 
on toe as well as eccentric, 

A nicely moinited flash for an> 
Intermediate bill and possessing 
moro than many of the same type 
seen around in better circles today. 



"On ne joue pas avec la Dame". 
Sketch 

Empire, Paris 

Paris, Sept. 20.. 
A couple of high rated legits in 
vaude for a short siicll.Dufrenne and 
Varna at the Kinpire is a sjketch, by 
Henry Kisteihacck.ers; to feature 
Victor Francen and Renec Corciade, 
entitled for the circumstances "On 
he joue pas ayec la Dame." (You 
don't play with the lady,) 

The plot, such as it is, concerns 
a sculptor who tries to got even 
with a mistress for her Infidelity. 
But the carver went a bit too far. 
He invited the woman he loved to 
his workshop for an explanation. 

With the door locked he calmly 
assured her of .a lingering death, 
adequate punishment for deceiving 
him, by being bricked up in a.cel- 
b\r. like in the good old Middle 

A predecessor had undorgone the 
same treatment, declared the cra7.y 
mftn, and he exhibited a mummy 
used bv artists; pretending it to be 
the skeleton Of his' former victim. 

It seemed the fellow was born 
to be- deceived, but that's not " 
the sketch. Moreover he was only, 
doing it as a . stern lesson to his 
ladv love. However, she fainted With 
fright, and when the sculptor went 
•to her assistance he found her deact. 

Then it was his turn to trem.ble 
.TLS the curtain's closed.. 

Of the Grand Gulgnol category 
this thriller appeared ^^^^'j^^^^^J'"'' 
the Kmpire crowds. Kr.nd,exo. 



MOLLIS DEVANY and Male Chorus 
"A Night at the Club" (Songs) 
16 Mins.; Club Parlor; Close in One 
Palace (St. V) 

A male, chorus seldom fails to get 
over, vocally, anywhere, but thi."? 1.'=' 
Mtuisuul. in that its leader is also a 
m.ilCi Hollis Devany. 

Ou.stomarlly in former times when 
a musical comedy name girl who 
tAot her stage rep mostly through 
.Johns or press agents went into 
vaude, she gathered six . or eight 
good-looking youth.s, probably 
chorus boys from the same. m. c- 
and that was that for a fe\y weeks. 

These men. around Mr. Devany 
weren't selected for their looks or 
tigures. so it must have been for 
ihi'ir voices. That play be seen and 
heard immediately. The only ehoru.s 
lioy suggestion is when they do the 
."an -stuff In the. ."Minstrel" song 
from "The Mikado." They do it 
badly fciiough, with the nvinclng step 
.tnd flopping fans, for it to have a 
substitxite. 

Mr. Devany mentions "Blossom 
Time" as one of his musicails, sing- 
ing a song from It, also another 
about "Going Home." the • latter 
made fast in action and rather good. 

For an encore in "one" they did a 
novelty concerted "Massa;chusetts" 
hi double quartet style, to an excel- 
lint arrangement that contained 
viuito some comedy. "This should 
loach Mr. Devany that the strength 
of anything in yaude is Gomedy. 
Nine men may draw women, but 
they can only -draw yaWns from men 
when singing straight stuff. Two 
sitrnights , and two comics better, 
with the comic to go in for the 
'•Mikado" bit, Avhlch wtfuld save 
making stage monkeys out of good 

singers. "': 

Something of a novelty m forma 
tion. With its leader having some 
persnality besides a voice,, should 
be good for once around, if the 
earlier, routine is better .set. All 
right here No. 2, but deserves No 
4 t)r opening after intermission if 
at all worth whilie, in its club set- 
ting with piano. : Sime. 



THE UESSEMS (4) 



MORGAN and DUNN 
Talk 

12 Mins.; Two (special) 
American (V-P) 

.- . --Man --aud ^>v:().mvLn ..UTiablo ,to^^^^^ 
their footing in a maze of a.snum-. 
dialog and polntles.s giigging. Sur- 
rounded by sc(mery, their produc- 
tion idea, if any, is lo.st In an eter- 
nity of stupid talk. 

Ambitious undertaking for pair 
with sci-nic investment, and possibly 
an author In the background. Hope- 
lf>.«.«< In prc'sipnt shape.' tond. 



ROBBINS BALTIMOREANS (11) 

Band . ; 

20 Mins.; Full (special) 
American (V-P) 

Pretty good hand act with enough 
of novelty, pep and harmony to give 

''opcnfwith some film footage of 
Sam Bobbins In bed, ^Ing "P to 
answer phone, telling him Ms act 
is about to go on. In hat and pa- 
jamas he rushes through street.^. 
Lights UP and Bobbins dashes d-^v-n 
aisle in similar costume. • 

Clowning , among .the ^bandsmen 
chTmxing wiSi-a- ^a^^^^^ 
midiUing Junie Boy. f^n^^Jf;/^' 
sistiJ in a comedy interpretation ot 
"You've Got a T.-ot to Learn. 

No pauses for yawning and 
onougli solid entertainment to de- 
serve booking attention. Land. 

BUDDY DOYLE and PEGGY 

HOOVER 
Song, Talk, Dance 
19 Mins.; One 
86th St. (V-P) 

. ^vith elimination of one or two 
familiar gags, Ihis V'-^^'^^J^J-'^i^'^^^ 
mixed team shouM be. capable on 

''TJulldy Doyle formerly ^V07l<cdjn 
p,l„.Uface and lately has been 
around in Shubert rev u^s^ . He i« 



SMITH and DALE (5) 
(Avon Comedy Four) ... 
18 Mins.-; Two and Orte (Special) 

86th St. (V-P) . . . ^ 

Back to "Dr. Kronkheit." After 
supplying material for countless 
comics for. many years to come with 
that act, Joe Smith and Charlie 
Dale, dropped it. two years or so 
ago for a new one. The new looked 
better than: the old. at the start, 
but probably has played out. "The 
revived "Dr. Kronkheit" includes 
m'ost of the former's situations be- 
sides several, lines retained from 
the old restaurant panic, and still 
fulfil y 

With Smith and - Dale now arc 
Mario and Lazeiren, two; man. vocal 
team, playing Ihe.deuce on the same 
bill The two boys have been in 
the picture houses until recently. 
High class straight , singing combi- 
nation by themselves, they are 
doubly significant naemberd of the 
Avon Comedy Four. A fifth mem- 
her is a hlonde with two. or three 
lines. Comic opera finish Is held 
over f rom the last Smith-Dale . act. 

In spite of the familiar ring ^to 
the dialog. It's almost as. laVghable 
as ever. Though successfully used 
by rival comics. It still seems better 
as delivered by the originators. It s 
seldom that a yaud^e ^nce h.as 
a chance to laugh as had this 86th 
St. niob. 



Acrobatic 
11 Mins.; Full 
Riverside (V-P) 

•Way back in 1913, according to 
Varietv's thumb-marked New Act. 
lilcs that often are so handy for a 
newer generation of reviewers, an 
imported acrobatic act of six poo- 
nio.. burdened with the lengthy title 
of \V. Ues.sems' Third (Joiieration, 
made a sensational start on this 
side. •■ 

Tlie reviewer of that time, .now 
A K. found the acrs main 11a^y in 
running timo. It ranv:VO minutes. 

The present act of similar name 
mav or may not be a fourth gen- 
eration of . the Uesscms dan, but, 
from description, work in an iden- 
tical manner. Descendants or not 
Ihev have clipped their time to 11 
minutes. ^ It fast enough to .bevsenr 
national for 30 minutes, it might be 
Imagined what kind of a turn the 
new one is for one-third that time. 

The Third Generation included a 
•Mil who did little else than carry 
on the implements. The . Fourth 
(Jeneration has no feminine mem- 
ber but the carrying role Is as- 
signed to a boy of the family. The 
personnel now Includes two men 
who practically do the act, top and 
bottf.m, a scmi-lilliputlan who prob- 
ably isn't kin, and the aforemen- 
tioned boy. 

Among stunts is the climbing of 
unsupported ladder by one with the 
other in a one-hand stand , on his 
head." Another ha.s. the same un- 
derstander straddle two ladders 
with the midge atop a dome-.sup- 
ported percii. • Neither altogether 
new but sensationally ■ manipulated 
herein. 

On a table the understander 
brought his partner to a full hand- 
to-hand from the former's prpne 
position on his. back. Meanwhile 
the other walked hands oyer the 
othei-s moving body throughout a 
complete slow turnover while main- 
taining equilibrium. . 

A miniature airplane rig-up closes 
splendidly, through novelty more 
than dexterity. 

Among other things, in 1913, the 
A K. reviewer stated that W.. Uesr 
sems might stand up under head- 
lining "on the small big time, where 
the act could be made to draw. 
That should still go, although now 
four to the former six and probably 
lacking the former's pretontlous- 
ncss. : 



FUZZY KNIpHT 
Songs 

10 Mins.! One 
Palace (St. V) 

Fuzzy Knight, a nite i hib enter- 
tainer, got a chance in a Broiulway 
revue ("Here's .Howe") and ' Trom 
that is in vaudeville. 

In a nite club when It's late and 
Fuzzy does a bit of a turn here and 
there'.s he.'s'great wltli his style of 
vododo sln.!?ing of J.az.z or ballads, 
with his own variations besides 
iMisiness with a miniature movable 
piano. Perhaps the same in a reyue 
where what he docs Is susceptible of 
being split lip during (ho perform- 
ance.- 

But in vaude. Fuzzy is a repeti- . 
tiop; He can do only one thing, and .. 
is. doing that all of .the lime. For 
10 minutesi more or. less, it grows 
monotonous.' All of Its value nec- 
.essai-ily . is gotten out of the first 
numiieV, .since everything Fuzzy can 
do is done in that. 

Fuzzy can't get over as a single 
hi v;uule. He had better get a part- 
ner if wanting to rem.ain as an act, 
or build a small production turn 
around him.self. . If cutting., himself 
down iii .running . tlms"! as a .single to 
wiiat he should, he would rate like 
a single acrobat on time, arid'prob- 
ably get no more in salary. 

iluf .as a nite club entertainer or 
a filler in for a musical Fuzzy la 
oke. Perhaps, a vaud producer could 
use Fuzzy. If one wants to, Mr. 
knight should not object, for a pro- 
ducer' or stager might coach into 
iiim much he needs for the stage 
and will have to have to remain 
■on it. ■ '. 

That Fuzzy Knight is a creator of. 
a certain style of singing means 
nothing to the stagq if it's sawdust. 
In. its origin, -and thci stage ha,9 no 
use for so. much of it from one 
person. Sime. 



BOYLE and DELLA 
Music arid Talk 
15 Mins,; One . 
Broadway (V-P) 

Another of the Italian comedy 
outfits that getting nway from the 
straight musical gag by having one . 
member work from the audience 
with a final appearance on the stage 
of the plant. Neither new nor 
novel, but the neighborhoods still 
fall. ■ •: ■ . ^ \ 

Only two are billed, but there Is 
a third member, the , vocalist of the 
turn. Main musician shows skill 
I with banjo and. also does some isul- 
tar strumming. 

Music is topical in nature and as 
such peiased. Mnrki 



SONNY, HINES CO. (6) 
Dances 

15 Mins.; One and Fgll 
Broadway (V-P) 

nines Is long: of leg. with an ap- 
parent spineless body and comes to 
vaude via the night clubs. With 
him on his vaude fling are five girls, 
two who work as a team on their 
stepping. Others comP^se a danc- 
ing trio billed as the. liah Rah Girls. 
Hard workers who do taps- among 
other things. 

Hlnes is a high kicker -who also 
does acrobatics to advantage. Its 
not an exceptional act, but fits as a 
flash act. 

Clewing a .seven-act bill the outfit 
plea.'ied. ^ark. 



MARJORIE LANE CO. (6) 
Dance Flash _ 
19 Mine.; Full (Special) 

""J^Ski^^Vonc .CMtort^onistAc 
dance bv Miss T.anc. this formal,! 
flash fails to rate above average 
In that one number the girl does 
a complete ^low . motion front^over 
from a prone position. The trick Is 
currentlv executed br others and so 
far has always been sure. . 

It's a breakneck bit and . that Is 
lust what may happen some day 
to some inexperienced miss who 
II.. it and tries it herself Outside 
of th.at. fair dancing, mo.stly- buck 
by four boys with a girl T'^'^J'^]^^'' 
accompanying. ■' 



WORTHY and THOMPSON 

Dancing 
7 Mins.; One 
Proctor's 86th SL 

Pair of dusky dancers who make 
a neat appearance and .show a line 
of hot legamania that , takes In a 
wide field of hoofing, consisting of 
taps In solos and . duos and all tne 
-dite -originations -of -recent jrears 
as well as dimcult stepping routines 
seldom .seen outside of colored mu- 
sicals. . 

Boys might as well dispense with 
the comedy gags employed as well 
as mo.st of their chatter ^and stick 
to their bucks and. hocks. Good 
deucer right now for the interme- 
rilatf time. 



MiTCH^LL and MJNCH 
Songs 

9 Mins.; One 
American. (V-P) 

Passable deucer. Good vvojces. 
I>ersonalItlcs . agreeable but • song 
selections not too ,happy. ' riano is 
used for a cbuple of numbers vlth 
rest harmonized with orchestral ac- 
companiment only. Tenor and bass ■ 
combo. 

Meritorious Within conventional 
limits. ■ Lftnd. 

Girl Pit Orchestra 

Syracuse, N. Y., Oct. 2. 
The first feminine house orchestra 
In this city will be at the Strand, 
film house, Saturday. The band, 
nine pieces, replaces the male or- 
chestra, dismissed during the sum- 
mer when Walter D. McDowell, 
managing director, deemed his .syn- 
chronized bookings niade. a stage 
group of musicians unneces.sary. 

McDowell, however, found trouble 
In a contract with the musicians 
union which had a year to run. The 
union served notice It would not 
permit cancellation. 

McDowell cotiTrtwed -with- the de- 
mand that the union find him a girl 
band. After not a llttlo difficulty 
the union complied.. It Is Ernie 
Mills and his Strand Debutantes. 
Mlll.'i has been featured organist at 
the Strand in the past. He will con-r 
duct the girls .from the console. 



NEW ACTS 



!.,n ali-anmn.l performer, dmng 
! (.v. rvthinir well and singing best, 
i^m-dloy '.f imitatiuns in one 

=;';;;,,;er^-4.=tiie-.=hi 

^"iv';!y' Hoover .blonde) plays a 
famifia^lunn, chrn-acter. interr^^^^^^^ 
ing, wanting "to go on the stage 
and telling riddles, but well, bho 
also toe dancps in ""^^f^fj./^ ' 
of box .shoes, havh>g high heels at- 

Itached. 



3 LIDO BOYS 
14 Mins.; One 

^^Conv-enltlnnl rathskeller trio onr. 
a piano, another with uke-gbitar 
and another singing and doubling .on 
dance and .sax. Costume attire is 
naval oince. j.ackets and contrasting 

troust.rs. looking smart. ' 

--WiltTOWi^TO-Hfnrl^-but^ro^ 

proves. I^etter Bohg numb'-rs will 
help. When they get into the more 
pleasing pops, as for Instance, 'X^as 
It a Dream?" the applause volume 
betokened the Improved mass re- 
.spnnse. 

Fared well in the deuce. Aid. 



BIRDIE DEAN and Co. (7) 
"Dance Mad." (Revue) 
12 Mins.; One and Full 
Proctor's 86th St. (V-P) 

Hirdio Dean, exc<-ll-nt rontorlion- 
Istic dancer. IM surrounded by a 
c.om),any of four girls and two boys 
' in a flash turn that holds nothing 
new in material .or staging.. It gets 
ov.-r entirely on the star's splits, 
bafk bends and chest roll.s. . ^ 
1 Th - -lancer holds the' stage alune 
-j.fx>r^-hct^tfrf filer P»rt of ' thi^^Jim^. 
'Sh- does a cros.s-leg.ged spht and 
.som- body bending on a chair tlia^ 
Is outstanding hcri-. . 

Act Is finelv c.o><tiimed and a lUU'' 
pruning and spo-dinu' u,. will mak- 
tit. a :;ood tvirii. f<.i me second -gra-.l.- 

I hOI1.«C!S 



Paul O'Neil . and Co. (4) 
Senorita Alvarez Itevuo, five girlR 

and two men. 

Bobby Barry and company, com- 
edy: act. , 111 

Vanne.ssl, new act, with Jack i-iSM 
and Callahan and Cox. 

fjoorcre Neville in comedy BK.lt. 
Four in support. 

flporge I.e Maire and Joe I'hU- 
Hps, reunited, 

Joseph Minil'-Tlo and William 

in I,' team. 

.lack I'eniier. single. 

I'rimro.sc Seamon, single. 

M.-irga-ret Young, single, 
i Willian-L ilolbrook and Ann 
i Vrit'-hard, dancing two-act. 



r 



42 



VARIETY 



Wednesday, October 3, 1928 



PRESENTATIONS-BILLS 

NEXT WEEK (October 8) 
THIS WEEK (October 1) 



Shows carrying numerals such as (7) or (8) indicate opening next 
week on Sunaay or Monday, as datfe may bo. For this woclc (30) or O) 
with split weeks also Indicated by dates. 

An asterisk (•) before nanio slfjnifles aot is new to city, doihis a new 
turn, reappearing aCter absence or appearing for lirst time. 

Pictures include in classification picture policy, with vaudeville or 

presentation as ^.djunct. >■ 

• ^ — , . . . — _ — . 



GERMANY 

Month of October 



.Scttla 
Mad Athua 

4 Ortons 

. Achmed & . .Tybor ■ 

Daphho 
.H Kohlbrandt 

SantlnKO Ballet . 

Oklto 

Theremin 3 
Powers' Elephants 

^Vintergarten 
Vaaqucz 

5 Swifts 
Horace Goldin 
Johnson & Johnson 
I .Bcnnos 

Rebia 



Fayre Sis . 
Policy & rtnr 
John Olms Co . 
12. IJarid Girls 
Ernest & Ivonne 
4 Climaa 

Hansa 

Victoria Tr 
Myrlc. Desha & B 
Nathano Bros 
Horam & Myrtll 
Raymond Cerea : 
Daroa 
Celtncr Tr 
Raffalette 
Nonl & Ilorac* 
Nonl's Ser 



PARIS 

Week of Oct. 1 



Cirqne d« .rarls 

. fiecantos - 
Gerard 2 

. Antonet & Beby 
Hank the Mule 
A' Rahcy's Horsea 
Mylos ' & Coco 
Kobertson-I^iuclle ' 
Les Gerards 
WUos Tr 
Performinir Bulla 
Jardin d'AccUma- 
tatlon 

:I>'Je1mako 
Harlsnol Tr 
Cordiou 

Gauthier's' Horaea 

Gestrla 

Mile Pautette 

Flllls-Footlt 
■ Vasseur 

Flprentlnos 

Moulin BoQffe 

Mlstlnguett 
u^adaro 

Earl . Leslie 



OlgaValery 
Carjol-Dancy 
Dlena Belli & R 
J W Jackson Girls 
Sparkia Ballet 
Boyer. Sis 
Pogpl Sis 
Dltrlx 

Roger Blum 
Jean Cabin 
Duval-Pierrat 
Jade-Carervlo 
liegeay-Dlmlnlca 

Olympia 
Sarthel ' 
Maddy Delly 
EUaabeth Llsloft - 
Stervel 

Georges Jams' 
Zalewska Ballet 
Bergado ■ 
Brlck-Korlvln-3 
Charley Lloyd 
Plson Tr 
Harris & Dorrla 
Takebayaahl 
Wurlu & Komorl 



Earl & Bell 
Vaul IvinUland 
Nino Fuclly . 
Bryant. Rnlns & T 
Gambl Hale Girla 
lien Jilack 
"Mating Call" 
(20) 

"Hoiiae Boat" Unit 
Dave ApoUon 
Ullccrlo Serna 
Peliola Sorel Girls 
Manila String Orch 
Danzl 

'•Fleet's In" 

Roxy (30) 
Marlo^ Keeler ■ 
Florence, . Rdggo • 
Patricia Bowman 
Jcannetto Garrelte 
Beatrice iBelkln 
Adelaide De Loca 
Harold Van Duzee 
Douglas Stanbury 
32 Roxyettes 
"Win That Girl" 
CHICAGO, lU- 
AvHlon (20) 
Roy Dietrich Bd 



Auriolo Craven ■■; 
Herbert' , ■ • 
Foster Girls 
'•Lights of N T*' 

ATI.ANTA, GA. 
Howard («) 

"Roinnn N" 'Unit 
I.assller :Broa.' 
Ben-Hur Stablps ' , 
PJlfli Grcenwell 
Phyllis Rao 
Ballet Caprice 
QAT.TIMORE, MD. 

Century (80) 
Ted Claire 
Sam Lewis 
.Pattl Moore 
G D Washington 
Arthur Ball 
Foster Girls 
"Docka of N T" 

nmM'GII'51, ALA. 
Alabama . (8) 

"Araby" Unit 
Midnight 3 
Glersdorf Sis 
Rita Owln 
Rasch Girls 



LONDON 

Week of October 1 



FANSDURY PARK 

Empire . 
Harry Tate 
Van Mbvien 
Hale Sis 
8olma 4 "and 
Kellnrd Sis 
Horace Kenny 
Paul & Buchanan 
Belllnls 
Nixon Grey 

HACKNEY 
Einplro , 

Amac 

Jack Martell 
Dawn & Mavis 
Joannyn 
Harry Kemble 
LONDON 
' Alliambra 
Houston Sis 
Bob & Lucy GUletto 
Anna Loills 3 
■ Van Dock 
King & Bensoin 
Morton Downey 
Edwin Lawrence 
Alma Barnes 



Coliseum 

Ann Suter . 
Clarkson Rose 
The Rlstorls ' 
Lillian Rurglss 
George Hurd 
Maslova 

Victoria Fnlace 
Ftotsam .& Jetsam . 
De Blcre 
Victoria Girla 
3 Royces 
Pearl Joyce 
J P Ling 

NEW CROSS 
Emplr« 

Jack Hyltoh Co 

SHEPHERM 
BUSH 
Empire 
BlackBIrds Rev 
8TRAXFORD 
Empire 
Billy Blu? Rev 
WOOD GREEN 
Empire 
White Birds Rev 



Playing In ThU ViolnKy Thh (Oet I) Week 

Lou 18 BETANCOURT REVUE Loew't 

American, Bay Ridge 
FRANK AND TEDDY SABINI — Loew't 

Greeley Square. Last Halt 
SHERRY AND ADAMS— Loew't Oriental 

Victoria 

PERE2CAR0 SISTERS REVUE Uew'i 

National, Last Hair . 
PAULA AND AL BLUM— Lbtw't Greeley 

Square, V:!:drd 
LAWRENCE AND WILSON^Jardin Royal 
BILLY ROLLS— Jardin Royal 
LOLA AUSTIN— Broadway Club 
MLLE. JEANETTE— Pearlman's Cafe 
HARRY MURRAY— pavilion . Royal. Cedar 

Grove, N. J. 
BILLEE DAU CHE— Pavilion Royal, Cedar 

Grove, N. J. 
KAY LAZELLE— Caton Inn. Brooklyn, H. Yc 
IRENE LORD— Clifford Lodge, Riohileld, N.J. 
LUCILLE BURTON — 8mok« Shop. Red 

Bank, N. J. 
MADELINE LA VERNE— Smoke Shop, Red 

Bank, N, J. 

Placed by AXF T. WILTON, Inc. 
1000 Broadway Brjant 2037-8 



PROVINGIAL 

ENGLAND 



ABERDEEN 
H M 
MacDona Playera 
ARDWICK GREEN 

Empire 
Brown Birds Rev 
BIRMINGHABI 

Empire 
Leea Retford 
Klrnberly & Page 
Arthur Mack 
Jack Grlevo ' 
Gene Beck 
Terry & Hazel 
Foutr Pellans 
Katrlna & Jooa . 

Graqd 
Dreambirds Rev 

BLACKPOOL 
Grand 
Mr What's Hla 
Name 

Opera House . 
Ur Cinders 

URADIH>iU> 
Alhambra \ 
The While Camelia 
BRISTOL 
Hippodrome . 
Layton & Johnstone 
Christine & Duroy 
D.oroles & Wyvyan 
Clay ICeyes 
Iiealle & Coh.an \ 
CARDIFIT 
Empire 
Virginia ■ 

CHIS^VICK 
Empire . 
Toung Bloods of 
Variety 

EDINBCHOn 
Empire' 
Tbe Show Boat ' 
GLASGOW 
Alhambra 
The Vag'b'nd King 
GLASGOW 
. Empire 
6uBn Skies Rev 
HANLEY 
Grand 

0unny 

HULL 
Tbe Desert Sons 



I^EDS 
Empire 
Art & Mod Rev 

Royal 
Vogiiea & Van Rev 
LEICF^TEB 
Palace 
Fanny Ward 
■Welsh Miners 4 
Tamara . 
Hirry Wilson 
Osborne & Perryer 
LIVERPOOL 
Empire 
Funny Pnce 
AIANCHESTEB 
Hippodrome 
Hetty King 
2 Bobs 
G S Melvln 
Johnson Clark 
Dancing Dolls 
Percy Vail 
Pauline & Diana 

, Palace 
Luckf Girl - ' 
NEWCASTLB 
Empire 
B'kpool Fol of 1928 
NEWPORT 
Empire 
All at Sea Rev 
NOTTINGHAM 
Grand 
Norris Girls & Max 
Talbot O'Farrell 
Fred- fiarnes 
Herchel Henlere 
IjOO Sax 3 ' 
<^uo Vadis Broa 
Max Wall 

' Itoyal 
Hit the Deck 
PORTSMOUTH 
. Royal 
Deadlock 

SALFORD 
Palace 
Dancing Grenadiers 
SHEFFIELD 
Empire 
Tbe Desert Sonff 

SoirriLSi'iA 

Jiing'H 
Carl Rosa Opera Co 
SWAN.SEA 
Empire 

Juno 



Picture Theatres 



NEW YOBK CITY 
Caldtol (e> 

"Under the Sea" U 
Walter & EUIa 
caiester Hale Girls 
Marlon Naldl 
•T>anclng Dau'tcra" 
(29) 

"Dream G" ITnlt 
Walt Roesnpr 



Capltollans 
Emllo Borco 
Allan Prior 
Helen AVehsle 
Frank Stover 
Chamberlln & H 
Chester Hale Girls 
"Excosa Easgagc" 
Purnniount (C)' 
"B A Kcoll'" fnU 



Aubrey Sis 
Olcott & Lee 
Karavloft ■ 
Morcy Amsterdam 

Capitol (29) 
Del Lampe Bd 
Batista &. Kay 
Dora Early Co 
Jack Lanilauer 
Beo Bros 
Betty Taylor 

Chicago (29) 
"West Pt D" Unit 
Joe Criffln 
Virginia Johnson 
Born & I^awrence 
Male Chorus ' 
Hale Girls 
''Caught In Fog" 

Granada (29) 
Benny Meroff Bd 
Ge. orge Schreck 
Homer Dickerson 
3 Pepper Shakers - 
Marcella Hardle 
Giuaeppie Pillego' 

. Harding (20) 
"Melody a L M" U 
Al Morey Bd 
Ben Blue 
Donna Damarell 
BnvUo & Romalne 
Gllaoh & Scott- 
"FleM's In" 

Itlarbro (29) 
Charley Kaley Bd 
Julian Eltlnge 
Newport P &' N 
Sara Ann McCabe 
Wlnehlil & Briscoe 
Jolly 3 

Norshore (29) 
"HcMo N" Unit 
Al Kvale Bd 
Rltz Bros 
Wlsner Sisters 
Co-ed Steppers 
"Out of the Ruins" 

Oriental (20) 
"Bag o'Trlclts" U 
Paul Ash Bd 
Stanley Twins 
Oo-Go 

Cliff Nazarro 
LUcky Boys 
Johnny Payne 
Paul Small 
"Water Front'' 

' Paradise (29) 
"C In Jazz'' Unit 
Mark Fisher B<f 
Bernlie Bros 
Lydia Harris. 
Bddle Hill 
Suzette & Jose 
Huz/ar Girls 
"Street Angol" ' 

Regal (29) 
Fe.sa WIUlAifis fid 
Frank Mellno Co ■ 
Rector & Cooper • 
Marsh Itogers 
Regal Red Hota 

Rialto (1) 
Ray Conlon ■ 
Wolss 3 

Stratford 
.2d half (4-8) 
M nilblom Bd 
Malicr & • Sylvester 
Darling & Clark 
15urUe & Durre 
W.alzor & Dyer 
Ted Leury 

Tlvoll (29) 
"M S to iV Unit 
B Krupger Bd 
Ulderico MaroelU 
Barnette & Clark 
Joo Bosser 
Gerald IToag ' 
Purdpy VCr Norway 
.Arthur. j'gfn pbBll 
.Sofrdll Boys 
"Street Angel" 

Tower (20) 
"ley-Hot Jazz" 
V MHsters n<l 
Bob I,aSalle 
Hoy f^helton. 
Bonnin 
Ormonde Sla 
"Out of the Riilna" 

rptown CJO) 
"Ooi'an Blues" l.'nit 
Verne Bui;l( Hd 

.\ I Niirinitn 



U 



BOSTON, MASS. ; 

Metropolitan (20) 
"B A Frolic" Unit 
Gone. Rodemleh 
"The Fleet's In" 

BUl'FAIiO, N, T. 

Buffalo (30) 
"Teeing Off" Unit 
Herb Sc Gang 
Rome & Dunn 
Earl La Vere 
Duffln & Draper 
Alice Wellman 
Gamby H Dancers 
"The Fleet's In" 
Lafayette (29) 
Stella Mayhew 
5 'Sophomores . 
Qulnj) Binder & R 
Steve Wenlger 
"Hawk's Nest" 

CLEVELAND, O. 

State (30) 
"Bittersweet B". U 
Dezso Better 
Wilson & Washb'n 
Grace Du Faye 
Weils & Winthron 
"While City Sl'ps" 
DALLAS, TEllC. 
Palace (0) 
"Rah Rah Rah" D 
Johnny Perkins 
Luella Lee' 
Al Gale 

Maryland CoUeg 
DENVER, COL. 
Denver (4) 

Plapperttea Rev 

Henry Bussi ■ 

Billy Gerber 

'Ruth Denise 

Foster Girls 

DES MOINES. lA. 
Capitol (0) 

"Cameo" Unit 

Ray Paige Novelty 

Band Idea 

Tommy Wonder 

Coscla Verdi 

Lett Sis & Louise 

Foster's 16 Girls . 

DETROIT. MICH. 
C'apltor(20) 

"All Aboard" Unit 

Del Dolbrldge 

Sid Lewis 

Gordon & King '• 

Vera Van 

CliftQn & DeRcx 

"The Fleet's In" 
Hollywood (30) 

J.'ick Benny 

Jerome & Evelyn 

Seymour Simons 

Sunnybrook Orch 

htollywood Girls- 

"Scarlet Lady" . 
Mlchlpin (30) 

"Wonderful Girl" U 

George Riley 

Hclcnc HcUer 

Al (k Ray Samuels 

Wiliard Hall 

Paragon 4 



Ruff & RuTnble 
"State St Sadie" 

LOS ANGET^KS 
Egyptian (28> 

Benny Rubin 
CoHcIa & Verdi 
Robert Stlokney 
'•i Wells" 

Itoulcvard (28) 
nod- (lorcoran 
Jimniio Bodges 
Nllos Marsh ' 
Dorothy Marcelle . 
May Packer 
Blvd Beauties 
"Grain of Dust" 
Carthay C (Indef.) 
Chrll Kllnor Orch . 
"Mother Kn«ws B'* 
Chinese (Indef.) 
Tropics Prolog 
Sol Hoopli & S 
"White Shadows" 
. Criterion (Indcf.) . 
C Balsallenlkog Or 
"Wings^' 

Metropolitan (28) 

"Seeing Things" U 
Henry Busse ' 
Qhioton & .Thomas 
Allen Raymond 
I.es IClleks 
S.immy Cohen 
Felicia Sorel Girls 
"The Mating CaU" 
I,<(ew'8 State (28) 
"Huts" Idea 
Charlie Murray 
Al' Lyon 
TiUclUe Page 
Billy Snyder 
Maxlne Doyle 
12 Hat Trimmers 
"Dancing Dau'ters" 
V. Artists (Indef.) 
Fritz Von Debrulni 
Cora Byrd- 

2 Girl Daiicera 
"Battle of Sexes" 
Warner B. (Indef.) 
Leo Forbsteln Or ■ 
Porgeous Prea 
Eva Olivetti 
Frank 'Bokay 
James Burroughs 
Doris Walker 
Tommy Atklna • 
Pearl Twins > 
"State St Sadie" 

NEAVARK, N. J. 

Branford (29) 
Al Belasco 
Nazarro Jr 
Rita & E Darling 
Mildred M Feeley 
Crandall & Morley 
12 A Kaufm'n Girls 
Fur Show 
"The Fleet's In" 
N. HAVEN, ex. • 
Palace (29) 
Stut; & Bingham 
Joe Rhea qalif 
Sim Moore & Pal 
O'Donnell & Blair 
Parker & Babb 
"Win That Girl" 
N. ORLEANS, T<A. 

Saenger (6) 
"Hula Blues" Unit 
P & J Hubert 
Drean Beach 
Moore * Powell 
Anna Chang . 
6 Samoana 

Sorel Girls 

OMAHA, N^. 
Riviera (6) 
"Kat Kabaret" U 
Bert Nagle & Omar 
Patterson 2- 
Kerenos & Maree 
Ray Walman 
Al Rasch Girls 
PHILADELPHIA 

Carman (30) 
Chas Bruiggo 
Edna Sedley 
Buck & Bubbles 

3 Melody Boys 
Lloyd & Brlce 
Anders Sis , 
"Th'ks for B Ride** 



ToM'm (SO) 

George Olson Bd 
"Farmer'a Dau'ter" 

Stanley (-29) 
"Mid Ocean" Unit 
16 Syncopista 
Teddy King 
Walter Smith 
Lasslter Bros 
Sonia Meroff 
Whirlwinds 
12. Haydeh Girls 
"Tho Fleet's In" 

Tuwer (1) . . 
Irving Edwards 
Carney & Jean 
B Lindsay's Rev - 
Nandes & Mijla 
Bizet . & Henrle . 
Alvln Sis 
H Bendle & Hilya 
"Glorious Betsy" 
PITTSBURGH. PA. 

Penn (30) 
"High Hal" Unit 
Teddy Joyce 
Art Frank 
Ginger Rogers 
Alice Roy 
Tom. Ross 
Gamby Hale Girla 
"Dancing Dnu''teri9" 
PROVID'NCE, B. I. 

Fay '9 (1) 
Lieut GItz Rice 
Hazelle & KlatoR 
Barnes & Drew. 
Artker St Dunbar 
Villet. Ray & N 
"Code of Scarlet" 
S. ANTONIO, TEX. 

Texas (6) 
"Rio Romance" U 
Joe Penner 
Amata Qrasse 
Ijeonore Girls - 
SAN VKANCISCO 

California (28) 
Glno Severl Bd 
"Wings" 

Granada ' (20> 
Frank Jonks Bd . 
Glen Ooft 
Billy Gerber 
Rio Bros 

Luley Mealy St C ' 
Ruth Dehlse 
"Perfect Crime" 

St. Franols (20) 
M BamblUa Bd 
"2 Lovers!' 

Warfleld (20) 
Rube Wolf Bd 
Goldman's Midgets 
.John Aasen ' 
"Dry Martini^ 
ST. LOUIS.. MO. 
Ambassador (30) 
"Harem-Scarem" U 
Ed Lowry 
Harry Savoy 
Tumbling Clowns 
"Docks of N T" 

Mianonrl (30) 
"Homecoming" U 
Frank Fay 
"Oh Kay" 
WASH'GTN, D. C. 

Fox's (6) . 
Job LiiRose Prea 
Myer. Davis Sym 
Lawrence Downey 
Leon Brusiloft 
"Mother Knows B" 
(29) 

Joa.LaRose Prea 
Zanpu & Caz 
2 Black Dota 
John Griffin 
Ethel Greenwell . 
Rita & Teska 
Lawrence Downey 
Meyer Davis Sym 
Leon BrusilofC 
"Fazll" 

Palace (6) 
"House Boat" Unit 
Wesley Eddy 
Dave ApollOn 
Miss Danzl 
Nell Jewell 
Manila Orch 
Felecia Sorel Girls 
''Excess Baggage" 




NEW YOBK CITT 
American 

1st half (8-1^ 
Fitzgerald's 
Brbdy Riddle £ M 
Marcus & Poa 
Pirate Queen 
Bob Nelson 
Chas McGoods Oo 
(Two to nil) 

2A half (11-14) 
Dayton & Rancoy 
Les Gellls Rev 
Adams &' Rash 
Eddie Carr Co 
Rublnofl 
Gordoh & Day 
(Two to fill) 
Bonle'vard 

1st half (8-10) 
4 Fondellaa 
Rynn & Moore 
C Emmys Pete 
Welsh & Hills 
Bhythmlc Designs 

2d half (11-14) 
Plotz Bros & Sis 
Mitchell & MInch 
Cole Ward Co 
•Raymond Gaverly 
Rytlimic' Doslgas 
Commodore 

1st half (8-10) . 
Helen Carlson 
Hawthorne & Cook 
V McCoy & Ram 
(Three to 1111) 

2d half (11-14) 
Louise Ayres 
O'Connor Family 
Jay Mack 
Great Labero 
<Two to fill) 
Delancey St 

1st half (8-10) . 
Gordon & Day 
Mitchell Sc Minch 



Grand 
iBt half (8-10) 
Jack Se J Gibson 
Singer & Llghtner 
Bobby & King 
Al Herman 
Lea Gellis Rev 

2d half (11-14) 
Norman Telman 
Jtine & Jo ' 
Stateroom 19 
Vain & Vernon 
Juvenile Steppers 

. Greeley Sq 
1st half (S-19) 
Lawton 

Hamilton Big it V 
3 Ryana 
(Three to All) 
. 2d half (11-14) 
Bud Carlell 
Nancy Decker 
Cortelios Circus 
(Three to fill) 
Lincoln Sq 

1st half (8-10) 
Ponzlnis Monks 
Bert Marks Co 
(Three to All) 
. 2d- half (11-14) 
Fitzgeralda 
Geo Lyons 
Arthur DeVoy Co 
Campus CYolics 
(One to All) 
National ' 

1st half (8-10) 
Gibson & Price 
Kit Kat Trio 
A' AcL .Bdrlowe 
Smith & Allmaa. 
Rooney Sis Rev 

2d halt (11-14) 
Lawton 
Ryan Se Moore 
Grlndell & Esther 
Raccooners 



Viotorli» 

lat half i(0-lO) 
Romas Tro 
O'Connor Sis 
Eddie Carp .Co 
Bison City 4 
Frldkln Si R Rov 
2d half (11-14) 
Ponzlnis Monies 
Packard Ss Dodge 
Cardo & Noli 
Bert Murks Co 
H Ellsworths Rov 

. BROOULTN 
Bay Bidge 
Isl: hiiK (8-10) 
Cortelios Circus. 
Ted Mark.M 
O'Connor Family 
Vlllanl,:& VlllanI 
(One. to nil) 

2d half (11-14) 
3 Ryans 

Sully & Houghton 
Alice More'ly 
Romas 'J? 
(One to ml) 

Bedford 
. lat half (8-1-0). 
Campbell & Brady 
Geo Lyons 
Fred Weber Co 
•Tones & Rea 
H Ellawortha Rev 

2d half (11-14) 
Gibson & ;i*rlce 
Ted Marks ■ 
Hamilton- Sla & P 
Welsh Si mils 
Gibson Frish & S 
4Gth St . 

1st half (8-10) 
3 . Londohs . ' . 
Dolan & Gale 
Goo P Murphy Co 
Kemper &.'. Bayard . 
Braille & Pallo Rov 

2d half (11-14) 
Kate & Wiley 
O'Connor Sis 
Smith & .Allman 
Baby. Peggy 
Rooney Sis Rev 
Gates Ave 
- 1st half (8-10) 
Kate ■& Wiley 



Moehan & Newman 
Seymour P & B 
Clark & O'Neill 
Ralph Whitehead 
Radio Fangles 

CANTON. O. 

Loow's (8) 

.V. Nllos 

Duel DeKerekJarto 
Brown & BIrm 
OU'olt it Lee 
Leonoras Steppers 

CLEVELAND, O. 
Granada' " 
1st half (8-10) 
Osranl 3 

Stilwel Sc Frazor 
Billy Taylor Co • 
Sid Lewis 
Violet Joy Girla 
2d half (11-14) 
Paul I Bros 
.Mason *■ Gwyhne • 
Billy Trtylor Co 
aid Lewi.s 
Violet Joy Girls 

Park 

1st half (8-10) 
Paull Bros 
Miison & Gwyhne 
Billy Taylor Co 
Sid Lewis ' 
Violet Joy Girls 

2d half (11-14) 
Osranl 3 
.''tllwel St Frazer 
Toriimy I..oyenp Co 
Whitcd Si Ed Ford 
Pastime Rov. 

CORONA, L. I. 
rinza ■ 

ist half (8-10) 
Cooper & CUftpn 
Nancy Decker 
Sully & Iloughton 
Farfarlello 
D'Andrea & W Bd 

2d half (11-14) 
Plckfords 
Dolan & Gale 
Wedding Ring 
Klrby & DuVal 
Lillian St Leon Co 



LYONS LYONS 

•kff Intimate Chat^'^- 



SAM LYONS 

One of the Rniartc.ot and most 
nctlve vaiulevlllo bookers In the 
business lg our Mr. Sam Lyons. 
If you want action and quiok 
service fur consecutive bookings, 
.lec Mr. Lyons ot onro. When 
better "oDon tlmo" |s Iraokod, 
Sam Lyons will book it. 

LYONS & LYONS 

FABAMOUNT BUC.NEWV0RK 





Pmrri 



Jiine Si Jo 
Alfred LaTell Co 
Glenn Si Jenkins 
-Lillian St Leon Co 

2d half (11.-14) 
Jack & J Gibson 
Singer & Llghtner 
Bobby & King . 
Bob N.clson Oo 
Sarnoff Co 
MntrolopUun (8) 
Nelsons Catland ' 
Seymour & Cunard 
Morgan & Shialdon 
Carl McCullough 
Wm & Joe Mandoi 
Perezcaro Sis Rev 
Oriental - 

1st half (8-10) 
Alpine Sports . 
Cardo & Noll 
Klrby & DuVal 
Gibson Frish & S 
(One to nil) .. 

2d half (11-14) 
Helen Carlson 
Natalie Alt Co 
Maurice^ 

Eddie Mayo Gang 
(One to nil) 

Palace 

1st half (8-10). 
The LeRays 
Dalton & Craig 
Moran W & M 
(Two to All) 

2d half (11-14) 
Con ley 3 
Gary & Baldl 
Bison City 4 
Paris Crciitlons 
(One to All) 
Preinler 

1st half (iS-lO) 
Bud Carlell 
Packard & Dodge 
Southern Nights 
(Two to nil) 

2d half (11-14) 
Campbell & Brady 
Andy Si L Barlowe 
Lew Wilson 
Lew Wilson Gang 
(One to All) 

Prospect . 

Ist half (8-10) 
Plotz Bros & Sis 
Natalie Alt Co 
Stateroom 19 
Harry Hlnes 
Raxjcooners . ■ 

2d half (11-14) 
Osaka Boys 
Meredith Sc, S Jr 
Hawthorne & Cook 
Braille & Palo Rev 
(One to All) 

ATLANTA, GA. 
Grand (8) 

Niobe 
.'Restlvo- 

Clark & Bergknan 
Ed Shcrlg Co 
Lorraine & Mlnto 

BOSTON, MASS. 
Orpheum (8). 

Wilfred DuBols , 



Tuesdays 
723 7th Aye. 
New York 



JACK L. UPSHUTZ 

TAILOR, 908 Walnut St., Phila. 



Marie Paull 
"The Cra.<»h" 
FTP. WORTH. TEX. 
Worth (0) 

"TCnIek Knacks" U 
Lee 2 

Fn!iler_nirla 

"Hoi ' STON;""il5srr 

MetropoUliin (0) 

"Jlcy Hey" Unit 
.l.aek I'owoll 
Gili.son Sis 
yoalfT (iirls 
llCV'tiTON, N. ,f. 
.Sill ford (20) 

Ray NliholH Bd 
3 .\dani.H HIh^ 
t)it .lolinson 
CnoijHn \- 1.,;.id(>lla 
G'lririiilc Fi.'ilier 
.MiiiTNv rnrluT 



Cola Ward Co 
Campus Frolics 
(Two to Ally 

2d half (11-14) 
Alpine Sports 
Marcus & Poe 

^Gco:^P--:=.Mutphy^Go: 
Cahlll & Wella 
(Two to All) 

Fnirmount 

1st half (8-10) 
4 Serlanys 
Nan Blackstone 
Meredith & 3 Jr 
Eddie Mayo Gang 

2d half (11-14) 
Chas McGoods Co 
Jerome & Ryan 
I/enn * Dawn 
IJiirry Illnea 



(One to All) 
MOrphenm 
lat half (8-10) 

Van Horn ft Inea 
4 Chocolate Dandlea 
Vox & Walters 

-L^-W^-WIlBt)tt 



EVANSV'LE, IND. 

JAtew'H (8) 

Bardelongs 
Tho Vagrants 
Grey & Byron 
Lewis & Ames 
Whirl of -Splendor 

HOUSTON, TEX. 

Houston (8) 

Helma Braatz 
Henry Regal Co 
Wilson Bros 
Johnny Marvin 
Lowe & S Rev 

JAMAICA, L. I. 
Hillside 

1st half (8-10) 
Paula & Al Blum 
Al H Wilson 
4 Diamonds ' ' 
(Two to All) 

2d half (11-14) 
Van Horn & Ines 
Nan Bliiekstono 
Vox & Walters 
Al Herman 
Bee Jones. Co 
MEMPHIS, TENN< 

Loew's (8) 
Wordon Bros 
Billy Day, 
Gosa & Barrows 
Dooley Si Sales 
;^Vhito Way Gaieties 

MONTREAL, . CAN. 
I»ew'8 (8) 

RcifTlns Monks 
Oscar Grogan 
mage & Mcda 
SAxton Si FarroU 
iDonovan & Leo 
Fejer «: Lang Orch 
NEWARK, N. j. 
State (8) 
Hubert Dyer Co 
Buddy' Raymond 
Leo Bin 
Lewis & Dody 
Carnival of Venice - 
NEW ORLEANS 

State (8) 
Kuma Go. 
Meyers & Nolan 
Millard & Marlin 
Rome '& Gaut 
Gautchi & P Orch 
NORFOLK, VA. 
State (8) 
Hama & Tama . 
Kramer & Fields 
Robinson & C Co 
T Christian Orch 
TORONTO, CAN. 
Loew's (8) 

3 Castles 
Frolic 4 

Nick & G Verga : 
Jaa C Morton Co 
Cye.loho Rev ' 
VONKERS,- N, T. 
Yonkers 

1st half (8-10) 
Norman Telman 
Jerome & Ryan' 
Gary & Baldi 
13co Jones 
(Oho to All) 

2d half (11-14) 
C6oper & Clifton 
Fred Weber. CO 
VlllanI & VlllanI 

4 Diamonds ' 
(Onp to All) 



Lew Wllaon Gang 

2d half (11-14) 

1 Londons 
C Emmys Peta 
Glenn & Jenkins 
Fi-idkln & R Rov 
(One to nil) 

State (8) 
4 kadex 
John Walsh 
Qert Gordon Oo 
Emil Borco 
T,eoiioru8 Stoppers 




NEW YORK CITY 
. Broadway (7) 

Aussie & Czeek 
Derlekson & Brown 
Herbert Faye Co 
Rich Si Cherle 
Rich & Friends 
(One to nil) 
(1) 

Eno Family 
J & J McKenna 
Harry J Clonloy Co 
Alexandrr Sc I'egcy 
Hires A R n Girls 
lUiyip Sc D.'lln 



Clicflter 
Ist half (T-ft) 
Keo TftUl & Yokl 
Art Henry Co 
Walter Wallers Co 
Down Home Rov 
(One to All) 

2d half (10-13) 
Dqtson 

Anthony & H'wl'nd 
Ailellne l:l'endon Co 
(Two to nil) 

2d half (i-S) 
r'arl Sc Brna Orena 
I'' ft L»>;itlier Uoys 



Billy Arlington Co 
Emily Darrolt 
Durando Gilbert Co 
Coliseuni 

lat half (7-9) 
■Vic Record Artists 
H'lb'k & Prltchard 
(Three to All) 

2a half (10-13) 
Ike Rose Midgets 

2d half (4-0) 
Aussie- & Ozock 
Peter HIgglns 
Billy Bateheior Co 
Lang Se Haley ■ 
Fowler ■& Tumara 

8lst St. (7) 
Tom Waring 
D(>c Baker Co 



Side Show 
CPwo to All) 

2d hair (l-C) 
Tho Nelsons 
AJger & Cappo 
Norwood & (.'ook 
Marty May 
Lewls-Stovall Co 
CONTA' ISLAND 
Tllyou 
lat hnlf (7-9) 
P't't Leather Bova 
Billy Arlington Co 
Ann Oreenway Co 
Johnny Hyman 
(One to nil) 

2d half (10-13) 
Jack Ryan 
Ruby Norton 



OFFICIAL DENTIST TO THE N. V. A. 

DR. JULIAN SIEGEL 

1560 Broadway. Bet 46th-47th Sts,. New Yorli 
Tills Week; Crawford and Bro<1erlck, 
Thelma Cannon. . 



Jaejc Pearl 
Dlgltahbs' 
(One to All) 
(1) 

6 Speeders 
>loe E Howard 
.l<!nc)inntnient 
Jack Wilson Co 
(One to All) 
Fordhnin 
1st half (7-9> 
l> J;insleya 
Primrose Scamon 
Jack Pepper 
Vanessl Go 
(One to All) 

2d half (10-13) 
Tom Waring ... 
H'lb'k & Prltcliard 
(JIbb 2 
(Two to All) 

2d half (4-6) 
Tom Waring • 
L«.on Leonhard Co 
Winnie Llghtner 
Chew Hlng Tr » 
(One to All) 
Franklin 

Ist half (7-9) 
I^ewls & Wlnthrop 
Ilap Hazard Co 
Princess Wahletka 
Walmah's Debs 
Avon Comedy 4 . 
Mario & Iinzaren 

2d half (10-13> 
Jack Newrhan Jr 
Mabel WUheo 
Enrico. (Jaruso Jr. 
Hal Nelnian 
Hooper & Gntchett 

•2d half (4-6) 
Jose ■Bohr <^o 
Frank (lonviMe 
Norman Phillips Jr 
Harrington Sis 
S Jansleys 

Hamilton 

l!5t half (7-9) 
Allan Reno . 
Nell O'Brien 
Rev Creative 
(Two to nil) 

2d half (10-13) 
Lewis & Wlnthrop 
I,ang & Haley 
]?orando-Gllbert Co 
(Two to nil) 

2,d half (4-6) 
Sandy Shaw 
Elton Rich Girts 
(Three to All) 
- Hippodrome. (7) 
4 Ucssems 
Sargent & I,ewls 
4 Cdiricrons 
Kola' Santos Bd 
(Two to All) 
(1) 

Rogers c& Wynn . 
Mel Kleo Unit 
• JefTerson 
1st half (7-9) 
.lose Bohn' Co 
Dotaon 

Enrico Caruso .Tr 
Mabel Wlthee Co 
Keno & Green .& M 
Kikuta Japs 

2d half (10-13) 
P't't Leather Boys 
Hap Hazurd Co 
Walman's Debs 
Mario & Lazaron 
Avon Comedy 4 
■ 2d half (.4-6) 
Keo Takl & Tokl 
Maurice .Samuels 
Calm & Gale 



Alexander. P^ggy 

Frakson 

Int Rhythm 

2d half (4-6) 
Hill & Margie . 
Lucy . Brueh 
Keno Sc Green & M 
Hal Nelman 
Zelglor Sl.s Si Bros 

FAB ROCKAWAY 

2d half (13-lC) 
4 Flashes 
Fran'son 

Keno & Green & M 
Art: Henry Co 
Roger Williams 
Frankle Hoa(h 

2d half (4-6) . 
Sheer Boys 
Casey & Wurren Co 
GIbb 2 

Thos J Ryan -Co 
Ellz Brico Boys 

BROOKLYN 
Alhee (7) 

Jay C Ifllppen's U't 
(1) 

Bl'mberg's Al'sk'na 
Chevalier Bros . 
Hoftper it Gatchett 
Etiiel Waters 
Sally. Rand Boys 

Bushwlck 

Ist half (7-9) ■ 
The Curtys 
Kalherine Hayes 
Sol Gould Co 
. Hal Nlemnn 
(One to All) 

2d half (10-13) 
Emily Barle 
Lovlo Lou 
Danny Small Co 
Bonlta Tr 
(One to All) 

2d half (4-6) 
Florettys 
Volma • Kaho 
Shore Leave 
TIcman & Dice 
All Wrong' 

Greonpoint ■ 

lat half (7-9) 
Ficlda & Cook 
Cantor Sc Duval . 
Sandy Shaw 
Morin Sla 
(One to All') 

2d half (10-13) 
The Curtys 
Gary Owen Co 
(Three to All) 

2d half (4-6) 
Cannon Se Lee 
Gua Faye Co 
Anthony & H'wl'nd 
4 Flashes 
(One to All) 
Ken more 

1st half (7-9) 
Ro^o Midgets 

2d half (10-lJ) 
Eno Family 
Wade Booth 
Tobey Wilson 
Jack Pepper 
' Vaneasl Co 

2d half (4-6) 
Kafka Stanley Sc M 
Roger Williams 
Ray Shannon Co 
Art I-Ienx'y Co 
Sophie Tucker. 
Pedro Rubin Co 
• Madison 

1st half (7-9) 
Sherr B<)ys 
Harry ^acksotf Co 



EXCLUSIVELY DESIGNED 
GARMENTS FOR GENTLEMEN 



BEN ROCKE 



1632 B'way. at 5d^h St.. N. Y. City 



Alma Nellson Boys 
(One to All) 

.Palace (7) 

Peter Higgins 
Alb'rtina R'sch Act 

3 Sailors - ' 
Sophlo Tuckof 
Tho Do Marcos 
McLellan &- Sarah 
(three to All) 

(1) 

Felovlfl 
Fuzz Knight 
Night at the Club 
Jerome & Gray 
Benny Davis- Orch .. 
Jack Pearl Co 
(Three to. All) 

Beigent 
- Ist half (7-9) 
Frank ' Murphy Co 
Walters & Waltora 
Adeline Bendon Co 
Co-Weds 

Toney & Norman 
2d half (10-13) 
George McLennon 
Harry Jackson 
Dance Bits 
(Two to All) 

2d half (4-6) 
Phillips & Sheldon 
Buss Sc Muck 
Walter Walters Co 
Down Homo Rev 
(One to All) 

lUverside (7) 
Eddlo I-iambcrt 
Ethel Waters 
Johnny Johnson Or 
i(JT wo^to-^ A 1 1)^-=;=.=.=^. 
(1) 

4 Uesaema 
Wado Booth' 
MuTiellan & Sarah 
Day Si Alleen Co 
(Ono to All) 

Royal 

1st half (7-9) , 
Franklyn Farrium 
MIsM'laslppl Flood 
Danny Small Co 
(Two to All) 

2d half (10-13) 
r> Jan.'ileys 
Wj-Me ■Young 



Roger Williams 
Co-Weda 
Chevalier Broa 
Gibb 2 

2d half (10-13) 
-Irving -Burnett 
Walter Walters C» 
Klkutaa 

For No Reason ■ 
Art Henry Co " 

2d half (4-6) 
The Nagfya 
Jack Newman Jr ■ 
Geo Fredericks Co 
Mabel Wlthee Co 
Tonoy & Norman 
T Linton's Follies 

Orpheam 
1st halt (7-9) 

Jack Ryan 

Sol Gould 

Boggs & Weston 

Gladys .Toyce Co 

(One to All) 
2d half (10-13) 

Fields & Cook 

Marty Mny 

Rev Creative 

(Two to All) 
2d half (4-6) 

Henry IJorsh.er 

Marie Nordstrom 

Jack Wilson Co 

Jerry I>eah Girls 

(One to All) 
Prospect 

1st hnlf (7-9.) 
Jaek^ Nowrijan Jr 
'Ttti'by ■"TfTorrrm- ' ' 
Dance Blls 
Anthony Sr H'wl'nd 

(Ono to nin 

2d half (10-1. '5) 
Billy Arlington <'o 
B & J Brown 
Toney & Norman 
(Two to nil) 

2d half t4-6> 
Gautler'H I'onv I'." ' 
Sargent Sc l.ev^i^- 
Yeoman T.ljr":-- 
4 l'aineri>ii'< 
l,p;ilJ To 



Wednesday, Octolier 3, 1928 



VARIETY 



43 



AKTiOS, O. 
Palace 
iBt half (8-10) 
/same bill plays 
YoungBtown 2d 
half) 
Golden Dream 
Harry J Kelly 
Henry Santrey Co 
iTwo to fill) 

2d half (<-«) 
Danclne T'mb'rlneB 
Benard & "West 
FrancJa Renault 
6 MounterB 
(One to nil) 
Alil-BNTOWN, PA. 
CV>lonlaI 
ist half (8-10) 
Kenneth Harlnn 
Earl Llnsey Co 
(Three t« mi) 

2d half (11-14) 
Wi Ho Mauas 
Bc'.l A Alberta 
Tanova & Bankon 
Hurat A Vogt 
Wedding Gown 
AlHST'WAM, N. V. 
lUuIto . 
2d half (11-14) 
, -Worthy & Th'mpu'n 
Felovis 

Mullen & FrancJa 
(Two to fill) 



<1> . 
Stlcltney'8 Clr 

Tex McLeod 

Dora Maugha 

Muriel Kaye Co 

Olsen & Johnson 

COLUMBUS. O. 
Keith's 

let half (8-10) 
All Girl Rev 
Rae Samuels 

2d half (11-14) 
Paula Paqulta & C 
Daly & Nace 
Francis Renault 
Lclands 
(One to flll) 

2d half (4-7) 
The Graduates 
E3va ManUell 
Rae & Dot Dean. 
Ned Norworth 
4 Balls 

DAVTON, O. 
lioitli's 
1st half C8-10) 
Hayea Marsh & F 
Toto 

Barry & Whltledgo 
Dance Rhapsodies 
(One to nil) 
• 2d half (11-14) 
Talent & Merit 
Bronson & Renee- 
Johnny Berkea 



Booking with Loow and Picture 
Theatres 

CREATORE&LENETSKA 

1560 Broadway, N. Y. C. 

Bryant 0779 
p. S. — See UB' lor "Tulkles." 



AUjn.'RN, N. T, 

JoffcrBon 
2d halt (111-14) 
liowcll Drew 
Mare Dowllnfr 
BAtiTIMORB 
Hippodrome (8) 
Klco Jjambert Co 
Jairileson & Styles 
Mus Conservatory 
Boyle & Delia 
International Rev 

Jack Moson's (JP rs 
Solm.T.nbfI . 
Prank X Stlk 
. Bi-own & I.ia Voile 
Burke & Durkln 
New Gardens (1) 
Jordan & Grape 
Janet Read 
Chaney & Fox 
Frank Gaby 
Glenn Hunter 
BINGIIAMTON 

ninghamton 
iBt half (8-10) 
Clayton & Clayton 
Riddle & Cook 
Our Gang Klda 
Woyd-BrlPe 
(One to fill) 

2d half (11-14) 
Alf Loyal's Doge 
Blllle Moody 
(Three to flll) 
BOSTON. MASS. 
Nerw Boston <tt) 
Sorrontlno 4 
Jim & M Harklne 
Family Ford: 
Dave Vino 
Nat Chick Haines 
Bcolloy Bqnaro (8) 
lildo Boys 
Hy B Toomer Co 
Milton Berlo 
'3Snt Bronson Co 
(One to flll) . . 

BUFFAIX) (8) 
Barr 2 ^ , 
Johns & Mabley 
Butler & Parker 
Galenoa 
Poy Family 

CANTON, O. 
Paluce 
iBt half (8-10) 
Paula Paqulta & 
Daly & Nace 
Francis Renault 
Morris & Shaw 
6 LeIandS 
' 2d half (11-14) 
All Girl Rev 

2d half (4-7) 
B & B Miller 
Modern Marlon'ttes 
Bob Hall 
14 Brick Tops 
(One to flin 
CHARVTTK, N. C 
(':)roIlna 
2d half (11-14) 
Melnotlo 2 
jack Lee 
Jja Vine & Evans 
Plunkett & JIaaon 
Xa Vei-hfi & Fayles 
CIN(nNNATI 
Albco (8) 
Tex Mcl^cod 
■Rae & Dot Dean 
Rhythm Boya 
iDancIng Tnmbs 
_j(Pnjj^to^flll) . 
■ . (i) 

Hama & Yama 
Johnny Herkos Co 
Mason & Kdcler 
Rao Kamuols 
Roattn. 

Palace (8) 
B & B Miller 
"Wheeler, & Sands 
Curly Burns Co' 
. B P & Murphy Br'e 
Don Le6 & Louise 
(1) 

All Girl Rev 
CI.'KSB'G, W. VA. 
. Roblnsoh Grnnd 

l3t half (8-10). 
"Welgonds 
Vera Cole 

Emory Man ley Co . 
Herbert Rawllnson 
Cuckoo 

2d half (11-14) . 
Stanley Gal'Inl Co 
lioma Wnrth 
Lew White & Co 
WcManua A Ilickey 
(Otip. to nil) 
, CI^KVKL-VND, O. 

ior»fh St. 

Isl halt (8-10) 
Dan Pitch's Mina 
2a half (11-14) 
Rodeo Boys 
Allecn Cook 
_ -Ghaa^Ued -Mapflhall 
Dance Rhapsodies 
(One to nil) 

2d half (4-7) 
Golden Dreains 
& n Biirki* 
RoynohlH Sr Clark 
Don Lee & Loulso 
(Onf to flin 
Palttoo (8) 
■ Klsle & I'auJsen 3 
H A IC Nowoll 
Jack Benny 
14 Urick Tops 
'Two to Oil) 



Rae Samuels 
Kltamura Japs 

2d half (4-7) 
4 Life .Buoys 
Courtney Sis 
Rente RIano 
Morris & Shaw 
I:«rdo'B M.ex Or oh 
DETROIT; MICH. 
Hollywood 
1st half (8-10) 
Harry Burns Co 
Du For Boys 
(Three to fill) 

2d half (11-14) 
Frank Convllle 
(Others to flll) 
2d half (4-7) 
Joe Browning 
Ryan Sis 
(Throe to fill) 

Oriental (8). 
O & P Magley 
Murray & Maddox 
Roger Imhoff 
The Ghezzls 
Claude & Marlon 
(1) 

Maude Ellett Sla 
4 Dales 

McKay & Ardlne ■ 
Rhea & Santoro 
Scott Saunders 
Jungleland 

Uptown 
let half (8-10) 
Lucas A Lillian 
Alleon Cook 
Rodeo Boys 
Renard & West 
Mttrlel Kaye 

2d half (11-14) 
Ashley Page 
Harry Burns. Co 
Yong Koe Tr 
Muriel Kaye Co 
Du For Boys . 

2d half (4-7) 
Twiats & Twirls 
Jerome & Bvelyn 
Toby ' Wilson 
Jack Benny ' 
C Orleys 

DUNKIRK. N. Y. 
Capttol 
2d half (11-14) 
Clar Downey Co 
(Two to flU) 
EASTON, PA. 

State 
1st half (8-10) 
Willie Mauss 
Bell & Alberts 
Tanova & Bankoft 
Hurst A Vogt 
Wedding Gown 

2d half (11-14) 
Kenneth Harlan . 
Earl LInsey Co 
(Three to flll) 
EUAHRA. N, Y. 
Keeney's 
let half (8-10) 
Clar Downey Co 
Wm Elbs 
Blllle Moody 
(Two to flll) 

2d halt (11t14) 
Clayton & Clayton 
Lloyd Bryce 
(Three to flll) 
EKIK, PA. 
Erie 
1st half (8-10) 
A Dalps 

Chas Bed Marshall 
Frank Convllle 
.S^tyTo^hoW . 
(One to nil) 

2d half (11-14) 
Walter McNally 
Prinresa Pot 
(Throe to flll) 

2d half (4-7) 
Dance Capers 
Daly & Nace 
Murray & Maddox 
Galenos. : .. 
(One to flll) 
FORT. WAYNE 
Now Emboyd . 
1st half (8-10) 
4 Chandler Boys 
M-urlcl Kaye Co 
Cnias T Aldrlch- 
(Two to flll) 

2d half (11-14) 
Whirl of Splendor 
Renard & West 
Chas. Hill Co 
The MayakoB 
(One to flll) 

2d half (4-7) 
Leo Gall Ens 
Honey Boys 
Bill & Elsa Newell 
The I..amy8 
(Ono to flll) 
GLENS F'l.S, N, Y. 
Rinlto 
2d halt (11-14) 
Marty DuT>reo Rev 
=GR-NFiLn,-MAHS.^ 
Victorift' • 
2a half (U-14) 
Chevalier Bros 
(Two to AIM 
GRAND ItAPIDS 
KoUIJ's 
l.st halt (8-10) 
Rvan Sla 
Lane & Byron 
Uhea & Santoro 
Irf-ne llUrarJo 
M('l'>onal<l 3 

2d half (11-14) 
Mounters 



Johnny Herman 
Payne & HUllard 
Julian Bltlnge 
McKay & Ardlne 
Muriel Kaye Co 
2d half (4-7) 
Rodeo Boys 
Alleen Cook 
Countess Sonle. 
Harry Burns Co - 
(One to flll) 
HARRISB'BO. PA. 
Majestic 
1st half (8-10) 
Four Aristocrats 
Along B'way 
(Tlir6e to flll) 

2d half (11-14) 
I<eo'B Singers 
Smith & Sawyer 
Peaches Browning 
.Winchester .& Roes 
(One to flll) 
UOI^YOKE. MASS. 

1st' half (8-10) 
Landus 2. 
Miss Ann Mr Pr'nk 
Chlsholm & Breen 
Cook. & Vernon 
If'antaatic Frlv 

2a half (11-14) 
..Lathrop B'l'oa 
Skelly & Helt Rev 
Morton & Mack 
(Two to flll) 
HOKNELL, N. Y 
SliattuoUs . 
/2d halt (11-14) 
Riddle & Cook 
(Two to tin). 
UtN'(JT'N, W. .VA. 
Orphcum 
lat half (8-10) . 
Arthur & Darling '' 
Lew White (k Co 
McAriwjius & Illckey 
Lestra Lament Co 
(Oni to flll) 

2d half (11-14) 
5 Uraoks 
Mildred Force 
Duncan's Collies 
(Twi> to Ml) 
ITHACA, N. Y. 

Stntnd 
2d halt (11-14) 
M-Jiic B(.>x Rev 
Roxy Laflucca ■' 
roii'e to t;ll) 
JAMEBrN, N. Y, 
Oporu House 
lat half (8-10) 
Clur Downey Co 
Claire Vincent Co 
Roy Snieck 

?.d half (11-14) 
Varsity Varieties 
Holly 

(One to flll) 
JERSEY CITY 

State 
1st half (8-10) 
George M9Lennon 
B & J Brown 
Geo Fredericks Co 
Lang & Haley 
(One to flll) 

2d half (ll-a4) 
Johnny Hyman 
Ann Groonway 
Alma Nollson Boys 
(Two to fill) 

2d half (4-7) 
Ertm'nds & F'nch'n 
Ruth Robinson Co 
Mae XJsher 
Vannessl Boys 
(One to flll) 
LEXINGTON 

Ben All 
1st half (8-10): 
Armstrong & B . 
Elliott Dexter 
Jack De Bell Co 
2d half (11-14) 
North lane & Ward 
Shone & Rich 
As You Like It 
IJMA 
SlUnc's Ohio 
let half (8-10) 
Bernard & Suzanne 
Twists & Twirls 
Walter McNally 
Stlckney's Circus 
(One to flll) 
. 2d half (11-14) 
Charles Frlnk 
Shapiro & O'Malley 
Lestra Lament Co 
(Two to flll) _ 
LOCKPOBT, N. Y. 
Palace 
2d half (11-14) 
Glen Richards 
Wm Ebbs Co 

(One to fill) 

LOUISVILLE, KY. 
Keith's 
1st half (8-10) 
Kltamura Japs 
Talent & Merit 
Bronson & Renee 
Johnny Berkes 
Sllvertown Cord Or 

2d half (11-14) 
Hayes Marsh & F 
Sllvertown Cord Or 
Barry & Whltledge 
Toto 

(One to flll) 

2d half (4-7) 
EIVy . 

Pcnton & Field 
Walsh & Bills 
Rhythm Boys 
nicer ft Douglas 
MARION 
PnliK'e 
1st half (fi-10) 
Charles Frlnk 
Shapiro & O'Malley 
Lropal^ 



Reed A Ray 
Under the Palms 
Id half (11-14) 
Lang Bros 
Flo Enright Co 
Mangcan Tr 

NORTH ADAMS 
KmiHro 
2d half (11-14) 
Harris & Clare 
May Love Co 
Roxy LaRocca 
Mississippi Flood 
(Ono to flll) 
NORTHAMPTON 
Calvin 
2d half (11-14) 
Delvey Sis ■ 
Col Jack George 
(One to flll) . 

OIL CITY 
Col. Drake 
l8t half (8-10) 
Prlncois Pat 
Holly 

(One. to fill 

2d half (11-14) 
Rhapsody in Bilk- 
Roy ■ Smeek 
Claire Vincent Co 

OTTAWA, CAN. 
Keith's <8) 

Shepps Com Circus 
O'Connor & Vaughn 
Gaffney & Walton 
I.iOUI S.London 
T Brown & 6 Bros 

FllILA. PA, 
. Broadway . 
1st half (8-10) 
Frank Richardson 
Burke & Durkln 
Reed & Ducthers 
Doherty & Breen 
(One to till) 

2d half (llrl4) 
Burt. & Lehman 
Frank .Richardson 
Ruth Lfndy 
(Two to fill) 
Cross Keya 
1st half (8-10) 
Buddy Page . 
Bart & Lehman 
Ruth Llndy 
(TWO to fill) 

2d half (11-14) 
Buddy Page 
Burke & Durkln 
Reed & Ducthers 
Doherty & Breen 
(Ohe to fill) 

Earle (8) 
Falls Reading & B 
Boao Snyder Co 
Sol Gould Co 
Irene Vermillion Co 
(One to flll) 
Grand 
1st halt (8-10) 
Brown & Lavelle 
Alf Loyals Dogs 
tiander Bros 

2d half (11-14) 
Lido 4 

Frank Gabtiay 
(Ono to flll) 
PITTSBURGH. PA. 

Davis (8) 
W & B' Burke 
Paxton- 
Waliah St Ellis 
Ned Norworth 
Enchantment 
(One to till) 

(1), 
Villa & Strlgo 
Stuart Sis 
Johnny Herman 
Our Gang Kids 
Barry & Whltledge 
6 Daunton Sbaws 
Harris 
1st half (8-10) 
Stanley Gallinl Co 
O'Brien & J 
Ray Shannon & Co 
Shriner & Gregory 
(Ono to flll) 

2d halt (11-14) 
Bub Deb Dancers 
Arnold & Florenz 
Frledel & Gold Co 
l*hr & Belle 
(One to nil) 
Sheridan Sqoare 
let half (8-10) 
Arnold & Florenz 
Myers A Hantord 
Frledel & Gold 
Frances Ken'dy Co 
(One to flll) 

2d half (11-14) 
Herbert Rawllnson 



SPnXNGFilXD. o. 

Paloee 

1st halt (8-10) 
Four Bars of H 
T & R Romalne 
Kay's Kutups 

ad half (11-14) 
Archie & G Falls 
Nat Burns 
Nan Halperin 

STEUBENV'LB, O. 
Capitol 
let half (8-10) 
Irma & L Flower 
Loma. Worth 
Jack Usher & Co 
Harry Holmes 
Rhapsody In Silk 
2d half (11-14) 
The Wclgarids • . 
Vera Co\e 
Myers & Hanford 
Cuckpo 
(One to. flll) 
SYRACUSE, N; Y. 
Keith >8 
1st half (8-10). 
Seebachs 
3 Haueer Boys 
Mullen & Fraincls 
Olsen A Johnson 
Left & D'm'rest Sis 

2d half (11-14) 
Paulsen Sis - 
Villa & Strigo 
Hilton & Almy 
Olsen & Johnson 
Ellda Dancers 

2d half (4-7) 
Trella Co 
Jean Boydell 
Murdock & Mayo 
Eugene O'Brien 
Bussoy & Case 
Barr 2 

TOLEDO, O. 
Keith's 

Ist half (8-10) 
Johnny Herman 
Payne A Hilllard 
Julian Ellinge 
McKay A Ardlne 
6 Mounters 

2d . half (11-14) 
Ryan Sis 
Lane A Byron 
Rhea A Santoro 
B A E Newell 
McDonald 3 

2d halt (4-7) 
Hayes Marsh A F 
Harry J Kelly 
Henry Santrey Co 
(Two to fill) 
TORONTO, CAN. 
Hippodrome (8) 
Murand A Girton 
Jean Boydell 
Eugene O'Brien 
Bussey A Case 
Wells A 4 Fays 
(1)" 

Everett Sanderson 
Harrold A Leonard 
Roger Imhoff 
Clitrord A Marlon 
Olga Mlshka Co 



UNION CITY. 
IJncoln 

1st haU (8-10) 
Wade Booth 
Hlte A Rcflow 
Rowland A Joyce 
McCarthy Sis Co 
(One to fill) ' 

2d half (11-14) 
Allen Reno 
Ruth Mix Co 
Neil O'Brien 
(Two to flll) 

2a halt (4-7) 
Ressner Slier A B 
Welch-Cunnard Co 
Stanley A Qulnette 
(TWO to fill) 
WARKEN, O. 

Bobbins 
2d halt (11-14) 
Irma A L Flower 
Harry Holmes 
Sub Deb Dancers 
Frances 'Kennedy 
Jack. Usher Co 
W'inNGT'N, D. O. 

Kcith'e (8) 
Kafka Stanley A M 
Medley A Dupree 
Foy Family 
Frank Gaby" . , 
Casper Stanley A M 
(1) 

Kiefer 3 

Palls Reading A B 
Haynes A Beck 
Marie Valente 
Joe Laurie Jr 
The De • Marcos 

wmrE i^ijviNS 

Keith's 

Ist .half (8-10) 
Ken Murray Unit 
2a half (11-14) 
Kitaro Jaiis 
Farnell A Florence 
The Fur Show 
(Two to nil) 

2d half (4-7) 
Parisian 4 
Frakson ■ . 

Modern Cinderella 
(Two to fill) 
WINSTON SAIiEM 
Kdth'e 
2d half (11-14) 
Big Boy Williams 
Bezazian A White 
Dallas .Walker Co 
Taylor A. Bobby 
(One to flll) 
YORK. PA. 
York O, H. 
1st half (8-10) 
Melody Fiends 
YOUNGSTOWN, O, 
Kellh'8 
2d half (8'-10) . 
(Bame bill plays 
Youngstown 2d 
half) 
Ufe Buoys. 
Summers A Hunt 
Rbslta • 
Scott Saunders 
6- Daunton Shaws 

2d half (^-T) 
Dan Fitch's Mine 
Irene Ricardo 



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SEATTUS, WASH. 
Orphcnm (7) 

Teck Murdock 
Odiva 
Joe Marks 
Bobby Folsom" 
M'lr'y McN'co A 
Bentell A Go^Id 
(30) 

Keanc A Whitney 
Kaye A Sayre 
Ruth Budd 
Besser A Balfour 
Serge Flash 
Marlon Wilklns 

ST. LOUIS 
St. XA>n\» <7) 

Bvcrs A Greta 
Francis A Wally 
HIckoy Bros 
Mcx Tlpica Orch 
(One to fill) 

Master J.ay Ward 
Byi-on A WIlHs 
Chas' T Aldrlch 



Roy CummlngB 
Pavley Oukralnsky 
VANCOUVER. D.C, 

Orplu'um <V)' 
Tlmberg Unit 

(30) 
Teck Murdock 
Odiva A seals . 
Joe Marks 
Hobby Folsom 
M'lr'y Mt-'Ncc A R 
Bentell A Gould 
WINNU*E<i, CAN. 

Oriihoum (7) 
Robt Warwick Co 
Al K Hall 
Uuia A Bonita 
Hope Vernon 
Burns A Allen 
Alleen A Marjorle 

(30) 
Weaver Bros 
Norman Thomas 6 
JarvIs A. Harrison 
Block A Sully 
Uokeil Dancers 
Paul Nolan 



BOOKED TO . 

OPEN THIS WEEK 

Direction^ 

Joe— lEDDY & SMITtf — Ed 

22» West 47th St.. Bnlte 901 



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NEW YORK CITY 
6th Ave. 

1st half (7-9) . 
Bobble Adams 
Weston A Lyons 
Kalh Boyle Boys 
(Three to fill) 

2d half (10-13) 
Robins A Jc.w^.tt 
Mnyb. A Lynn . 
(Other.«< to flll) 
. 86th St. 
1st half (7-9) 
Eno Tr 
Ervell A Doll 
Hooper A Gatchett 
(Two to flll) 

2d. half (10-13) 
Harrington Sis 
Mitchell A Durant 
(Thri'O to flll) 
ISGth Stl 
1st half (7-9). 
Yule' A Dean 
Farnell A Florence 
Geo l.loyd 
Kitaro Japa ' 
(Two to fill). 

2d half (10-13) 
White A Nolr 
X,um A White 
Sohaefer A Bernicc 
CThroe to flll) 
WESTCHRKTEB 
Now Hocliello 
lat half (7-9) 
Toby Wilson Co 
(Others to fill) 

2d half (10-;13) 
Ken Murray Unit 

Mt. Vernon 
^ 1st half (7-9) 
Frakson 

Maurice SamUels 
Robins A Jewett 
(Two to fill) 

2d half (10-13) 
Marie Valentl 
(Others to flll) 
Yonkorn' 
lat half (7-9) 
Schaefor A Bornlce 
Ruth Mix Co 
(Three to flll) 



I Orpheum 



CAIXJABY,^ CAN. 

Bekefl Dancera 
Norman Thomaa. 6 
Jarvis A Harrison 
Weaver' Bros 
Block A Sully 
Paul Nolan 
(80) 
Timbers Unit 



CHICAGO, IIX, 

Herbert juawimson i ^''^ISl^^ii^'rurtlB 
Ray Shannon & Co Harry Fox A Curtw 
Shriner A Gregory I Renee Rlano Co 



2d half (11-14) 
Twists A Twirls 
Bernard A Suzanne 
Sllckr.eys Circus 
MEADVILIJ'::, PA. 
Park ' 
2d half (11-14) 
Frank Shields 
Reed A Ray 
Under, the Palms 
MOBRIST'N. N. J. 
Lyon's Pork 
2d half (11-14) 
Melodious Maids 
Cleverland A D 
(One to fill) 
N'SirV'IXE. T'NN. 

Princess (8) 
The Graduates 
R.TO A Harrison 
Wilson A Dobson 
joo Browning 
4 Balls 

I.iestra J^aMont R s 
Talent A Mfrlt 
W West A McGlnty 
I'uxlon 

Kltamura Japs 
NKWIU IKill 

A'ttdcmy 
1st halt (8-10) 

Johnny Moore 

Oua Fuye Co 

Ni'il Pis ("o 
fOno to nil) 

2a halt (11-14) 
Jimmy Jilorttan 
(OlluTs to nil) 

■Jd half (1-7), 
Emily ISarlc 
(Ja rry ('w<n Co 
T'rln(''f=.« W.'it'w'sso 
(Two to nil) 
NIA(SAIIA FAIXS 
Bclh^vlew 

Ist half (S-10) 
Frank :S>hleld3 



Ticbors Seals 
(Ore to flll) 
PITTSF'LD, MASS. 
Palace 

let half (8-10) 
Lathrop Bros 
S'^elly A Heit Rev 
Morton A Mack 
v'Two to fill) 

2d half (11-14) 
lAndus 2 

Mfss Ann Mr Frank 
Chisholm A Breen 
Cook A Vernon 
FantAstlc Frivol 
PLATTSB'G, N, Y. 
Stront*. 
2d half (11-14) 
Bobbe Johnston 
Boy Friends 
(One to fill) 
PORTSMOUTH 
Le Roy 

2d -hal £^^(41-14 ) : 

Arthur A Darling 
J ark Do Pell A Co 
RT-Oprei A Williams 
POUGHKEEPSIE 
Avon 
1st half (8-10) 
Jimmy Morgan 
Harrington Sla 
(Three to flll) 
Johnny Mpore 

2d half (11-14) 
Gus Faye Co : 
Jack Wilson 
Nell Sis Co 
(One to flll) 

Jid half (4-7) 
Kathcrlne Hayes 
ZeUla Santley 
Adeline Bondon Co 
(Two to fill) 
QUEBEC, CAN. 
Keith's (8) 
Convey 2 
Bobble Johnson 
The . Boy Frlrnds 
P.nps Hamilton 
4 'Van Itlpiiers 
BEADING, PA, 

Rajuh 
l).! half (8-10) 
T^o'a Rorloty S. 
Smith A Sawyor 
Poai'hcs Browning 
Wlnchesl^^ A Kose 
(Ono to fill) 

4 AvI.'-N'i rJits 
Al'inp B'v'iiy 
((Hlicri to fill) 
RICHMOND, VA, 
National 
2d half (U-14) 
mu'!''e Clark 
Jay/ n.'at RfV 
HAKATOtiA 
CongrcsH 
2d half (11-14) 
Plonoer T Dancers 
(Two to fill)' 



Give A Take 
Joe Daly A Co-Bds 
Val Harris Co 
Florence Brady 
(Two to fill) 
^ (30) 
PaHenberg's Bears 
Gilbert A French 
Powers A Wallace 
Eddie Conrad Co 
Jan Garber's Bd 
Shaw A Carroll R v 
James Barton 
6 Rockets ■ 

State-Lake (7) 
Tom McAuUffe 
Ella Shields 
HAN Leary 
H A F Seamon 
The Collegiates 
Cecil Alexander 
Frank Keenan Co 
Courtney Sis 
B A J _Rooney 

(3(n' ■ 
Veronica A H'rlf'ls 
Wheeler A Sands 
Teller Sis A A'kl'd 
Morion A Stout 
RasteUl 
Jjano A Byron 
Ken Howell's Coll 
Fj-arkcl A Dun levy 
GAP Magley 
DENVER, OOL. 
Orphennn (7) 
Music Art Rev; 
The College Flirt 
Chas M Wilson 
Fr"man A Seymour 
Hector A Pals 

(30) 
Lou Tellegen 
Roy Rogers 
Tlllls. A I^aRue 
lArlmor A Hudson 
Slim Tlmblln Co 
LOS ANOBl/ES 
Killstreet (7) 
Flo Lewis 
Billy Doolcy 
Rodrlgo A Llla, Or 
Wm Desmond Co 
Murray Girls 
Wolff A Jerome 
(30) 

Norwood A Hall 
Ship Ahoy 
ITayes A Cody 
StTwart-7-^--f 111 ve--- 
Monroe A Grant 
Florrio l^avore 

Ori»ho«m (7) 
I'nih.-rcurr'-nt 
Roso A Th'irn'* 
Gf-rb'^r's (Jaleties 
Yat's A Lawley 
I'M win C.or.rpo 
Dave Rornlo Orch 
((Jne to fi.l) 
(30) 

Tronc Franklin 
Ryan A L<e 



2d half (10-13) 
Ervcl A Dell 
Maurice Samuels 
Fabcr:A Wales . 
Kalherlno HOyle Co 
(One to flll) 
NEWARK, N. J 
Proctor's (7). 
Vic Honey 3 
Hayimmd .Bond C.O 
Winnie Llghtner ^ 
Bl'mberg's Puppies 
(Ohe to fill) 
ALBANY, N. Y. 
Grand 
1st half (7-9) 
Wyolh A. Wyiin 
W'rthy A Th'mps'n 
Roxy IjaRocca • 
Los Chlleno Rev - 
Drew A G Ah earn 

2d half (10-13) 
Our Gang Kids 
Allen A J Corclll 
(Three to fill) 
Ilarmanuff Hall 
1st halt (7-0) 
Sherry A Adams 
(Two to fill) 

2d. half (10-13) 
Prlnc'ss Wat'wassa 
(Two to flll). 
TItOY, N. Y. 

Proctor's 
1st half (7-9) 
Drew. A Darling 
Land of Clowns 
(one to flll) 

2d half (lOrlS) 
Chabot A Tortonl 
On the Rivera 
Drew A G Dai-llng 
SCIIENJCCTADY 
Proctor's 
let half (7-9) 
Harris. A Clairo 
Felovis 

Chabot A Tortonl 
On the Rivera 
Plon'r Tan.;D'nc'rs 

2d half (10-13) 
Los Chlleno Rev 
Baird .A Hewitt 
(Threift to fill) 



Interstate 



Rosalind Ruby 
Kelso & Demonde 
Jones A Hull 
Gamble Boys A B 
Mack A LaRiie 
MILWAUKKB 
Orphoam (7) 
Gruber's Oddities 
Byron A WUlla 
Davie A Darnell 
Pavley Oukralnsky 
(One to flll) 
(30) 

Uph'm Whitney Rv 
HAN Leary 
Florence Brady 
Cl'yt'n J'cks'n A D 

MINNEAPOLIS 
Hcjinopln (7) 

Manuel Vega 
Mack A Rosslter 
Powers A Wallace 
Evans- A Mayer 
Jan Garber's Orch 
(One to flll) 
(30) 

C Bennington Orch 
Val Harris 
Robert Warwick 
Hope Vernon 
Burns A Allen 
Alleen A Mar.lorle 
OAKLAND, CAL. 

Orphcnin (7) 
Joseph Regan 
Rainbow Rev 
Al Abbott 
Juliet 
PhaTifSW'4 
Arthur ByrOn Co 

. (30) 
Illinois State Bd 
T Roy Barnes 
Lubin Larry A A 
Flo Lewis 
Paul Yocan Co 
OMAHA, NEB. 
Orpheam (7) 
Larimer A Hudson 
Ceirvo A Mdro 
Ixin Tellegen' Co 
Rastolll 
(One to flll) 
(30) 

Ella Shields 
Ruth Warren Co 
Ted A Al Waldman 
Polly A .07. 
Pearl Regay ■ Co 
SAN FRANCISCO 
Golden Gate (7) 
Mary Haynes 
Lubin Larry A A 
Jack Hanley 
Paul Yocan Co 
(Two to nil) 

(30) 
Murray Olrls 
Juliet 

Rodrigo A Llla Or 
I Indcrfiirrfrnt 
Newliofr A PhPlpH 
Wolff A Joromo 
.=..:=^Orplieum^(:7) 
Donald Brian ■ 
NIoola 

Flslier A <311more 
Non^-tte 

Ilpvi l Uros A Red 
George W(/ng Co 

(30; 
Mary Hnvno^ 
Rosr; A 'l liorne 
Gcrl.fr'H Gaiftws 
yaif" A I-awhy 
Edwin George 
Dave ircrnie Orch 



AMARILIX», THK. 
Folr 
Ist half (8-10) 
(Same bill plays 
Wichita Falls 2d 
half) 
Eddie Pardo. Rev 
ATLANTA, OA. 
Georgia (8) 
Zelda Bros 
Don Humbert 
Gene Fuller Rev, 
Hunter A Perclval 
In the Orient 
AUSTIN, TEX. 
Hancock O. H. 
(Same bill plays 

Waco 2d half) 
Bury's Dog Stars 
Raines A Avery 
Francis K Bushm'n 
Texaa Comedy i 
Cross Roads. 
DALT^S, TEX. 
Mojeatlo (8) 
Throe Worcestera 
Kohn A Deplnto 
James CoughUn Co 
Demarest A Doland 
(One to flll) 
ENID, OKLA. 
Actee (8) 
Bob A M Dupont 
Parisian Art 
Mike Ames 
(Two to flll) 
FT. WORTH, TEX 

Majestic (8) 
Lester Irving 8 
Co-eds 

Rosooe Alls Co 

(Two to fill) 

OAI,V»!T'N, TEX 

Majestic (8-i)) 
(Same bill plays 
take Charles- 10-11 i 
Beaumont, 12-13) 
Clyde A M Nelson 
TjCgrohs 

Harry Holman Co 
Jack Clifford 
Devil's Circus _. 
HOUSTON, TEX. 

Mertlnl (8) 
Australian Waites 
Dare A Wahl 



Buster A Mldgeta 
(Two to fill) 
IJT'LE R'K, ARK. 
Mojeatlo 
Ist half (8-10) 
Ruth Sis A Moore 
Billy Shone Co 
Bernard A Kellar 
Clara K Yourtt 
(Ohe to fill) 

2d half (11-14) 
TjAsalle A Loretta 4 
Coley A Jaxon 
Marsbcll M'ntg'm'y 
(Two to fill) 
NEW ORLEANS 
Orpheam (8) 
The AgemoB 
Hewitt Hall 
Anger A Fair 
Ben Turpin 
Rlgoletto Bros 
OKI^HOMA CITY 

Orpheam (8) 
3 Redcaps 
Ray Vaughn 
Walton A Byron 
Ethel Davis 
Side Kicks 

SAN ANTONIO 
Majestic (8) 
Prank Viola- Co 
Irving A Chaney 
Senna A Dean 
Nick Lucas 
(One to fill) 
TDIXA, OKLA. 
Orpheum (8). 
RasFio Co 
Ruth Muse 
Fulton A Parker 
Ward A Van 
James J Jeffries 
WICHITA, KAN. 
Majoetic 
Ist half (8-10) 
Bob A! M Dupont 
Parisian Aft 
MlUo Ames 
Bob Hope 

Willie West A McG 

2d hair (11-14) 
Holllngsworth A C 
Frantt Peg Jones 
Newhort A Phelps 
Paul R Midgets 
(One. to fill) 



ad half (4-7) 
Joe Daly Co-Kds 
Allen A Canfleld 
Seed A Austin 
Bert Han Ion 
B A II Rooney 
DEC ATI' U, IliL. 
Linroln Si]. 
1st -half (8-10) 
Husbands 
2d half (11-13) 
cni'ppclle A C'rlton 
ESiuoiid A Grant 
Desperate Sam 

DES MOINES, lA. 
Orphoum 

1st half (8'lO) 
Teller Sis A A'kl'd 
Tod A Al Waldman 
Shaw Carroll. Rev 
Bob Murphy 
Morah A Wiser. 

2d half (11-13) 
Gilbert A French 
Ruth Warro.h Co 
Bob Murphy 
Jo rry A Baby . Gr 
(One to fill) 

2d halt (4-7) 
Bob Murphy 
(lOne. Croeno 
Davis A T>arncll 
Boe Ho Grey 
The llrianta 

DETROIT. MICH. 
Grnnd-Rlvlera 

lat half (8-10) 
George Boatty 
(Two to flU) 

EV'NSV'LLE. IND 
Gmiid : 

lat half (8-10) 
Royal Gascoigncs 
OhaS; mil 
Signer ' Ifriscoe Bd 
Foster A Peggy 
(One' to nil) ■ 

2d half (Xl-13) 
F'ater.F'gan A Cox 
II A F Usher 
G A A Schuler 
(Two to fill) 

2d half (4-7) 
I B liamp Co 
A A P Stodmnn 
Bvers A Greta 
Prod . Hughes : 
Ann Garrison S 
(Ono to flll) 

galeSbukg; ill. 

Orpheum 
lat half (8-10) 
■•Hungaria Co 
Roxy La Rocca 
Bod Albright Girls 

2d half (11-13) 
Sawyer A Eddy 
Hall A Dexter 
Julian Hall Bd 
JOLIET, ILL. 

Rialto 
1st half (8-10) 
Ates A Darling 
Herbert Clifton 
Baby Oxman. . 
(Two to fill) 

2d half (11-13) 
Battery to Bronx 
Norree Co ■ 
(Three to flU) 
JOPLIN, M6. 

Electric 
Ist half (8-10) 
Ling A I..ong 
Val Dean A Girls 
Mack A Stantoii 
Klutlng's Ent 

2d half (11-13) 
Lauren A LaDare 
Vernon 
(Two to fill) 

KAN,S. CITir. MO. 
MaJristreet (7) 

.tfOuisvllle - Loon's 
Bert .Hanlon ' 
Gene Greene 
La Beile Pola Co 
Allen A Canfleld 
LINCOLN, NEB. 
Lincoln (7) 
C .Bennington Bd 
(TWO to fill)' 
MADISON, WIS. 
Orphedni 
lat halt (8-10) 
LaSalle A Mack 
Ann Garrison 3 
Alexander Sis Co 
Ernest' Klatt 
Servany 2 Bd 

2d half (11-13) 
Uph'm Whitney Rv 
Wilton A Weber 
S Rockets 
(Two to flll) 

. 2d.htt'f (4-7) 
HadJl All 
Harry .Tolson 
Al K Hall 
Moody A . Duncan 
(One to fill) 
MILWAUKEE 
Riverside 7) 
Flold'r H'rrlet A H 
B A R Goman Rev 
Helen Bach 3 
(Others to fill) 
PFX)RIA, ILL. 

I'ltloce - 
lat half (8rl0) 
Mr A Mrs Petchlng 
Olyh lynndl.ck 
Yvctte Rugol 
Battery to Bronx 
(One to flll) 

2d. half (11-13) 
Bob Albright Girls 
Roxy I«a Rocca 
Himgaria Co 
(Two. to. fill) 
(tUINCY, ILL. 
WiiNlilnRton 
^ Ist half (8-10) 
Sawyer A Eddy 
Hull A Dexter 
Julian Hall Bd 



Association 



BL'MINTON, I LL. 
Majestic 

Ist half (8-10) 
Ch'ppelle A Crrlton 
Esmond A (irant 
Desperate Ram 

2d half (11-13) 
4 Husbands 
CHAMPAIGN, ILL. 
Orpheam ' 

l.st half (8-10) 
H A F XTsher 
Girl Wanted 

2d half (11-13) 
T B llamp Co 
' Visions 

. (On o - to n UJ ^ 

2a half (4-7) 
FoBlor A Peggy 
(Two to nil) 
CIIICAtJO, ILT.. 

Itclmnnt 
iHt hnlf (8-10) 
G'r'ia Maririilia Bd 
(()l! fTi-- to (ill) 

2d half (11-13) 
KntiX f.- H;il:cr 
IVit Ii;'!oy Co 
1 >|jine 1 'a V Hov 
Crwo to hll) 



Englewood 

1st half (8-10) 
R'cfr Ch'nd'n A D 
Madeline 
Pat Daley Co ■ 
Frankel A DUnlcvy 
Diane Day Rev 

2d half (11-13) 
flid Davis Co 
Herbert Clifton 
(Three to fill) 

Riviera (7) 

Morton A Stout 
Honoy Hoys 
B lyameys 
(Two to nil) 

-DA V EVI»<) RT.— I A 
(^ipitol 

lat halt (8-10) 
Briants 

Km li Wai ron Co 
Koy Ilot'cra 
,1 iV. I'. (Jr-iiids 
iCiri'' l o (ill J 

•:tl halt (II 1?.) 
{;>i.-iw Curi-n;! Itcv 
'(•<-ll> r Si^> A'Ul'il 
Mtii.-in A V.'liier 
(Two to hli^ 



ROCKFORD, nJtt 
Pnlave 

1st half (8-10) 
T'ph'm Whitnoy Rtl- 
WiUbn A Wober 
6 Rockets 
(Two to nil) 

2d hulf 0 1-13) 
IiaSalle A Miu.-k 
Ann Garrison 3 
Alexntidor Sis Co ' 
I'lrnest Illntt 
Sorvany 2 Bd 

id half (4-7) 
Jerry A Baby Gr 
The Ushora 
Horhert ( 'Ufton . 
P'ster F^Kan A Com 
Claudo De t.'urr Co 
Morah A Wiser 
SIOUX CITY, lA, 

Orplteum 
: 1st half (8-10) •' 
Gilbert A 'French 
Seed A Austin 
TIllls A LdUuc R'V 
(Two to flll) 

2d half (11.13) . 
Moody A Duncan 
PranUlyn D'AnVore 
Chas Tlmblln Co 
liiuljl All Co 
G;tboi-t A French. 

2d halt (-1-7) 
Ruiz A Bonita 
. ISvans A Mayer 
4 Girton Girls 
(Two to 'Jill) 
SO. BlflND, IND. 
PaUi«*e 
Ist half (8-10) 
Veronica A llurlfl* 
Fred Hughes • 
A A F Stcdman 
Loltl'o Mayor' Girls 
Howell's CToIleglana 

'2d halt (11-13) 
Royal (jnscolgncs 
Park tiia A Harvey! 
Frankel A Dunlevy 
Siwrtvor .Princoe Bd ' 
(One to fill) 

2d half (4-7) 
Wilton A Welic'r 
Old P'ai'rs va JaaM 
A le.xund.Or Sla ' ' . . 
lio'cn Ba'oh-. 8 
(One to nil) '■ . 

spkingf>i:.d. ilu 

Orphoum 
1st halt ; (8-10) 
Harry Carroll Unit 
Visions 
Varsity 8 

2d halt (11-13) 
Harry Carroll .Unit 

2d halt (4-7) 
Julian Hall . Bd 
Hall '■ A Dexter 
Chas Hill Co 
Mann A Bernard Tt ' 
Yong Kee Tr . : 
ST. JOSEPH, MO^ 
Eleelrlc 
1st halt (8-10) 
CAM Butters 
Axel Christensen 
Mason A' Dixon C6 
(One to flll) 

2rt half (11-13) 
Klu Ting's Enta 
Cook A Oatman - 
Roy Rogers 
(One to nil) 
ST. LOl'IS, MO. 
Grnnd .(8) 
Mann Bros 
Janet Chllds . 
Family Album 
Ch'inb.rl'n A Earl* 
(Three to flll) 
ST. PAUL, MINN. 
Palaee-Orpheum 
1st half (8^10) 
Moody A Duncan 
Franklyn D'Amor* . 
Chas Tlmblln Co 
HadJl All Co 
Gilbert A French . 

2d halt (11-13) 
Seed A Austin 
Ted A Al Waldman 
THUS A LaRue ReT 
(Two to flll) 

2d half (4-7) 
BAR Goman Ref, 
Mack A' Rosslter: 
Fielder IPrret & H 
E Choonera 
La Salle A' Mack 
T'RE H'TR, IND; 
' Indiana 
Ist half (8-10) 

0 A A Schuler ' 

1 B Hamp Co 
Banjoland 
(Two- to flll) 

2d halt (It-ia) 
Loii Cameron Co 
Jack Major 
Ken Howell's Coll 
(Two to flll) 
TOPEKA, KANa. 
NoTolty 
Ist halt (8-10) 
Holllngsworth A O 
(Two to fill) 

2d half (11-13) 
Cat Dean Girls 
Mack A Stanton 
(Oho to nil) 
WA UK EG AN, lUk 
.Genesnee 
2d half (11-13) 
Mldgetland 
Ates A Darling 
The Briante 
WICHITA, KANS. 
Orpheam 
1st. half (8-10) 
Parisian Art 
BAM DuPont 
Mike Ames 
:w.West-A McGlntr 
(One to flll) 

2d half (11-13) . 
Frank Peg Jones 
Holllngsworth ' A O 
Newhoff A Phelps 
(Two to flll) 



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NEWARK, N. J. 
Newuxk (8) 

Ed La Vine 
Shannon A Corlo B 
Night Owls 
Ross A Coslello 
Dan Brown 3 
Arthur Brown Rev 

BUFFALO, N. Y. 

Century (8) 
Glided Cage 
Jack Russ'Ml 
Allfo Hamilton 
N I A <i All A^" FAXTB 

Btrund (H) 
Maxine A Bohhy 
Marly A Nancy 
Ijan Ctolr-man 
Trout A H<-rf 
(Uno to MP) 

TORONTO, CAN. 

rcuitugeH (H) 
Jf-wols Mannilunn 



Nugold Revue 
SI Ivor toes 
(One 10 flll) 
HAMILTON, CAN, 

Pantages (S) 
Perettos 
Jason 

Prnsslcr A Klalst 
Melody Mansion . 
(One to nil) 
TOLEDO, O, 
' PniitngoB (8) 
Frunce A LaTell 

=rT«"Ti^"A'"r;ofniiinr-' 
Itadio Jacks A Q 
Hay A Stone 
French Frolics 
INDIA NAI'OUS 
Lyrlo (8) 
Ivottle Alliorton 
Urj'idv A ilyinaa 
J Elliott Co-ods 
Brit Wood 
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Football 



Thf annual fall give and . take, 
guoss and pray palstinie has started 
Vk'ith ■ Navy already having allowed 
little 3)'avia-Eikin.s to spill ink all 

oyer its '28 record and Notrie Daino 
boiriK well chilled by a surprise 
breeze from the south, which just 
-qllowcd the bound inpr Irish to nose 
In a. lead-off ■ victory, at 12 to G. 
Loyola was the cause of Soiitli Bend 
missinpr a coupio of heart beats last 
Saturday. However, the most last- 
ing messase this. Louisiana, delGffa'- 
tion left behind theni was a broken 
wrist attached to the left arm of 
Fred Collins. 

. Collins is a Rockne back who 
that coach. Is reported. to have whis- 
pered was , not unlike Grangfe. That 
was a year ago and, a^ithdugh Col- 
lins never. fulfill<&d the piredictlons 
of the whispering campaign, It's not 
going to help that he . may be out' 
for the entire sieaspn. A tough break 
for both the youngster and the 
school. 

And following this close call No- 
tre Dame goes up against 'Wiscon- 
sin tills week. Peirhaps the most 
attractive feature of the date, at 
this timie is that it's Wisconsin's 
opening game, showing that This- 
tlethwalte's huskies can worry 
themselves down to playing Weight 
If . the grass; drills and charging 
machines, haven't sufllced. • Here's 
a. tough . 6ne for the, Badgers to 
crack on a break-In date and the 
baptism is sure to he hot and heavy, 
win or lose. .. There's enough , pre- 
game worry just in the Notre Dame 
rep to make veterans of the sopho- 
mores oh the Wisconsin squad, and 
this may prove important later In 
the season. It looks very much as 
if Rockne is the one who has little 
to gain arid everything to lose in 
this contest. Wisconsin can tem- 
|jer the sting of a decisive defeat 
by consoling itself that It's the get 



opposite Boston C(41*^;;e amV if thoy 
again lose, the yallor.s'^-'-Hcrvson will 
be aboiit .shot, with the team possi- 
bly developing into one oC those 
olevcns wliich has one good game in 
its system to unleash against ' a 
major opponent, niuch like Illinois 
in .'25 again.st Pennsylvania when 
ClrangQ pranced in the mud behind 
a team that had foUnd itself for one 
afternoon, 

Tough/Schedules 

A host pf todgh. schedules around 
this' fail with/ Army undertaking as 
hard. a job,^ any and reported shy 
of seeofid strong material. It 
doesh t seem possible that the 
Cadet varsity ' can wade Intact 
Harvard, Yale, Nptre Dame, Ne- 
braska and Stanfei'd, besides . the 
fpur remaining Intermittent games 
pptimistically called rest, peripds. 
No team in the cpuntry Is under- 
taking a mere trying list, that's 
sure, and thpse adherents who 
think their schppls are up against 
ah equally difficult prpposltion will 
have to do some tall cpnvincing, 
with Nebraska having the best 
chance. Pennsylvania tried it In 
'25 and came out secpnd . best 
against Illinpis and Pittsburgh plus' 
victories over Brpwn, Yale and Chi- 
cago and with enpugh left to eke 
put a 7-0 win pver Its traditipiial 
rival, Cprnell. But the Army hasn't 
the Navy game tp wprk up tp this 
year s'o the ppiht.ers caii be said 
tp be put pn a rpund rpbln and tp 
dp all the damage they can, apt tP 
be considerable . with Cagle and 
Murrell still behind the line. 
N. Y. U.'s Rating 

There's practically jibt a major 
college In the east that hasn't got 
something more than Its hands 
full this fail with the exception of 
Brown. The Rhode Island insti- 
tution win go up against Yale, 
Da,r,tmouth and Colgate and have 
a ifortnight between each of these 



ROUnS WINS 



featherweight Title Again 
Goes Abroad When Canzoneri 



Loses Decision 



Probable Football Winners and Proper Odds 



October 6 



By Sid Silverman : 

GAMES WINNERS 
Notre Dame— Wisconsin Notre Dame 

Colgate— Vanderbilt Colgate 

(Predictions based on fair weather) 



ODDS 
7-5 
• 4-5 



away game. Should the M^adison 
crew ■ be able to hold Rockne's 
troupe to a close score that'll prob- 
ably be very satisfactory, and If 
the Badgers win it's apt to make 
W;isconsin the pest of the confer- 
ence for the remainder of the. 
season. 

Harking back to the Chicago- 
Wisconsin game last season doesn't 
Indicate that Wisconsin .can find 
any boon in the Loyola score. The 
Badgers about gave Stagg two 
touch-downs that day while pos- 
sessing the potential power to win. 
Allowing that they're just as big 
this year, Thistlethwaite will have 
to smarten 'ern up plenty if they're 
going to get anywhere. Besides 
vyhich Crofoot is gone, at quarter. 
Yet, the Wisconsin-Notre Dame 
game figures to be close, especially 
sP early in OCtoberi with ^an edge 
for Rockne due. to a. one -game start 
and a week in which to correct the 
faults. Loyola uncovered. 

Colgate's Fullback 
The second importtant game of the 
day will be played in the South, 
. whei'e Colgate . migrates to frolic 
with Vanderbilt. Both these teams 
polished off their opening opponents 
last week without trouble, but the 
upstaters will be handicapped 
through not using their first string 
colored fullback. Colgate will be 
far from reaching a peak at this 
date, but ought tp have enough to 
squeeze thrpugh an inter-.scctionai 
victpry with the southerners the fa 
vprite because pf playing in their 
back yard and the a.bsence pf CpI 
gate's important back field mem- 
ber. 

That safety Is likely to eitlier 
make pr break the Navy. The 
cileWfi§-^h""the=^^West=Point'=Tncss 
hall alone was prpbably enpugh .tp 
shake the Annapolis morale. Yet 
• this 2 to 0 defeat Isn't as had as 
Chicago npt being able tp even 
scpre in Its dpuble-header w^lth 
South Carolina and Rlpon. IBad 
enough tp twice take It pH the npse, 
but npt tp register a point— -woo is 
the Midway with Stagg in for many 
sleepless nights. The Middies hpok 
on to anpther tough scrap this week 



games. N. Y, U. Is In the secpnd- 
ary class as Meehan has talcen pn 
his custoihary pushover opening 
quartet pf Saturdays before meet- 
ing Colgate Oct 27. That's the 
Jongest build-up campaign In the 
east although smart and Is suffi- 
cient to quell the national honbrs 
the New York dailies will be claim- 
ing for this outfit by the time Ni- 
agara, West Virginia, Wesleyan, 
Fbrdham. and Rutgers have, been 
put away. Following these Leblang 
matinees that big team from the 
Bronx will take on Colgate, George- 
town, Alfred, Missouri, Carnegie 
Tech and the Oregon Aggies. No 
doubt that's a more bitter dose than 
N. Y. U. was accustomed to b, m. 
(before Meehan), but for a school 
that gets the amount of publicity 
in the M^inhattan papers that this 
one does, and after glancing over 
.•joiiiie ■ other ^e^feTrn ~geKedrrH?fr7 ' It 
certainly appears that someone is 
gettingf away with murder. 

N. Y. U. has been trying to 
snatch public favor from Colum- 
bia, much as the Yanks pursued the 
local populace fpr years, w^hen the 
Giants ruled- alone. But Meehan 
isn't getting, any closer with this 
lineup, regardless of victories, sim- 
ply becauiae there's a bit more class 
to thpse Columbia- Dax-tmouth, Wil- 
lianris, Cornell and Penn games, 
even though the Morningsidc 
Heights .squad is a pretty consist- 
ent loser against these opponents. 
And why is it that N. Y. U. can't 
schedule games with those eastern 
schools which dig deep into the 
traditional lore of tlie gridiron? 
East Needs Forwards 
At the present time the east In- 
dicates it is in dire need of lines- 
men. Almost every squad can 
"hoast^oC^at^leaat- one^ pr--twp--ball- 
carrying jewels, and some coaches 
are pvorboard on tho.se backfleld 
prima donnas. Rut the elusive pig 
.skin advancers are liable to get a 
heavy weekly joUliig behind their 
own lines unless soine forwards de- 
velop. 

Dartmouth, Princeton, Yale and 
Pcnn each have about all any coach 
could want in offensive aspirants. 
If Hanover can devise a means pf 



By JACK PULASKI 

• In ir> rounds of almost continu- 
ous socking Andre Routis, a little 
Frenchinan, copped the wprld's, 
foathorweight title from Tony Can- 
zoneri at the Garden Friday night. 
.\ndy has been over here for some 
time putting up a good showlne, 
but hardly rated'.as championship 
calibre. He seemed almost Inspired 
in outpointing, the titleholder. 

Tile yputhful Tpny was npt at his 
best. When weighed he was over 
the title limit and had to go out 
and train pit mpre than a ppuhd 
Within the hpur. The result was 
weakening, there being little sting 
in his seeks. Still, he was the bet- 
ting favprlte. Rputls and Canzo- 
neri. fpught it put a year or tWo 
agp at a tinie when Tony was net 
the. titlehplder, the decislpn being 
close and In favor of Canzpnerl. 
The guess Is that Andre wpn't hpld 
the title long. It Is expected he 
will sail fpr Paris and get' kissed 
pn the cheek beifpre he risks his 
newly wen crpwn. 

Rputis Is a bPdy puncher, mask- 
ing his map with bpth hands as all 
fprelgners seem to dp. In the first 
rpund Tpny hppked under the de- 
fense easily and It Ippked like a 
quick knpckput, especially- after 
Andre went deWn in the first twp 
minutes. The French lad hepped 
up withput a cpuht, hpwever, indi- 
cating he tpppled. because pf being 
off balance ait the time. That also 
partly expla.iris his de.sceiit te the 
canvas in the. seventh when he. was 
wrestled eff his feet. 

Andre's Body Punching 

Though so good a decond as Dec 
Bagley . was in his ccrneir, Tpny 
didn't seem tp fathom a method to 
counter nor tie up the busy Andre. 
The Frenchman was not exactly a 
hurricane, but the number of blpws 
he landed to Tony's tummy made 
it look that. way. Joe Jacobs, in 
Routis' corner, appeared to aut- 
guess Doc. Joe was a happy bird 
when the decision was announced, 
They knocked off his Jack Delaney, 
but at last he has a champ In the 
stable. 

Canzoneri Just didn't knew hpw 
tp defend himself from the untiring 
Routis. . Andre belted him and 
flayed him and made him Ippk any- 
thing but ai champipn. It was a 
cinch UP tP the J2th rPund that 
Routis was but In front. Tony bat- 
tled in desperation from then pn. 
Dpubtless he was tpld by Bagley 
that the pnly way he cpuld win was 
tP knpck the visiter cpld. 

The sure thing bpys were agen- 
Ized. Arpund where the betters 
hang put all the pans Were frpzen. 
They had been laying as. high as 
three and fpur tp pne pn Tpny, dis- 
counting the kid helng oft fprm. 
That group disliked the ' decision 
figuring a man who had gpne dpwn 
twice cpuldn't win the title. The 
Garden fans, hpwover, . fpund np 
ccm plaint and the usual razz In 
such cases was absent. 

It is the secend time a French- 
man has ccpped the featherweight 
title. Eugene Crlqul held the 
crown but a couple pf mpnths and 
then was stepped by Johnny Dun- 
dee, Routis, like Criqui, Is a game- 
ster, but there are a couple of 
.^Ajn^ericj,n laiJs who can beat . him. 



Canzcneri, If in shape, . 'might "^p 
it. Andre was pverjpyed at the 
win. He rushed ever to Tpny, 
kissing him pn bPth cheeks and the 
chin. ■ 

In the seml-flnal Lcpe Tenerlp 
had a fight pn his hands with Basil 
Gallianp, but Lppe'a stamina and 
punching ability gpt him the d'e- 
clsipn. 



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NEW YORK — 



Irene Fcnwick retained M. L. 
Maievinsky, pf O'Brien, Malevihslty 
«fc Drlscoll, tp fight a judjgment for 
?2;500,000 Pbtained against her tWP 
years ago arising out of an old 
transactipn.- In 1908 When the wife 
pf Felix Isman, she signed, a 
mertgage and bphd fpr $3,700,000 pn 
New Yprk . prpperty. Under fpre- 
clpsure prpceedlngs she became 
liable fpr the sum. Meantime Miss 
Fen wick had divprced Ismah, mar- 
ried and divprced James P. O'Brien, 
and then married Llpnel Barry- 
mpre, whpse wife she new Is. 

It is . understpod that Miss Fen- 
wick will set up In an effert tP have 
the huge Judgment vacated that 
she was less than 18 when signing 
tlie mertgage and did net under- 
stand the ti'ansaiotipn. 



An autpmpbile . driven by Eddie 
Mpran struck and killed an un- 
identified man in Newark, N. J. 
The actpr was held en a technical 
charge of manslaughter. 



First move in what Is expected 
tP be a peripd pf spund patent cbn- 
tests was made by H; Grindell- 
Matthews when he breadcast the 
announcement ho would bring In- 
junctipn suits against the Fpx-Case 
and DeFerest Phpnpfllm pepple, In- 
volving the "gas tube discharge" 
principle on which he claims to 
have cpntrplling- piatents in Eng- 
land and this cpUntry. Rights pn 
this device alsp figure in litigation 
between Dr. DeFprcst and Fpx- 
Case. Vitaphpne is npt cphcerned. 



Friends pf De Wolf Hopper will 
give a dinner . to the star; at 
the Savoy-Plaza Oct. 21 marking 
his 50th year on the ^age. Maypr 
Walker is honorary chairman of 
the committee, 



ment fpr 25 per cent, pf the net 
and alsp tpp much pvcrhead br 
Wagner, who ran the works. 



LOS ANGELES 



Leettl Dexter, fllm avlatrix. wa» 
granted a dlvprce frpm B. Zborow^ 
sky by Judge Edmpnds Sept. 29i 
Cruelty grounds. " 



Madame Frances, New Yorlc 
mpdlste, filed suit In Lps Angeles 
cpurts against Mae Murray, asking 
|1,065 fpr cpstumes the latter is al* 
leged tP have purchased frem th» 
plaintiff In April, 1927. 



Ben White Ipst suit for $37,509 
against. his brother, Tom White, for'* 
mer film casting dlrectPr, when Jury; 
returned verdict for defendant loi 
Judge Arthur Keetch's cpurt in Loa 
Angeles. Evidence shewed Ben had 
fprmerly werked fpr Tom pn Cata- 
Una Island, off L. A. harbbr. After 
leaving employment, Ben charged 
he heard Tern had made statements 
reflecting o'n his honesty. 



Oliver ;Mprpsco Mitchell, former 
theatrical jproducer, will npt 'con- 
test divorce actlpn of his wife, 
Sclma Paley, fermer actress In Lps 
Angeles cpurts,. Mbrbscp's attpr* 
ney entered default In actipn,- 
scheduled fpr trial OctPber 10, 



Two of last sumrner's brides from 
"Rosalie" returned for Jobs in one 
of the neW Ziegfeld shows. It led 
Walter Kingsley to Pbserve that 
three mentha is about the average. 



Edgar Selwyn brpught Suit 
against Charles L. Wagner fpr. ah 
accpuntin^ of prpfits of "The 
Barker." Selwyn alleges an agree- 



ALL 'ROUND CORP. 



includes Dog Races in N. Y.- 
ter Allowances 



ihar- 



Alb^lny, N. Y., Oct. 2. 
Prpmptlpn pf dog races, boxing 
and sports, amuisement enterprises 
and operation of stadiums arid the- 
atres are among the purposes of 
the American Spprts Stadium, Inc., 
pf New Yerk City, granted a 
charter. 

It has a capital pf 2,000 shares, 
1,000 shares preferred $100 par 
value, and 1,000 shares cpmmon, np 
par. 

Directors are Charles A. . Corbln, 
John F. McCabe, Phillip J. Murphy, 
John T. Williams, Gertrude Preiser, 
James Addison, Jr., Isah'elle G. 
Wright, Elizabeth M. Farley and 
Lily M. Wordelman. 



$1,000,000 Race Tax 

Springfield, 111., Oct, 
The only sure thing In the Illinois 
race game this year has been the 
state department of agriculture, 
wMch 1plucked"$l7029 ,9 31 . 2 0 from" the 
operators of race tracks in the state 
since the law became effective. 

tJnder the law this money is di.s- 
tributed among state and county 
fairs for premium li.st payments. 
Thus far $670,000 has been divided 
and the surplus of over $350,000 will 
be thrown into the stiate legislature 
for its appropriation. 



shaking the long-legged and lop- 
ing Marsters lepse there's gping tP 
be plenty of fireworks touched cfC 
by the Green besides which Haw- 
ley has Black and a ccuple pf oth- 
ers, all of whom are potent The 
Tiger has the sure-footed Wittmer 
arid its tackling demon, Miles, again 
with a youngster by the name of 
Bennett, up for his first year of 
varsity football, expected to border 
on the sensational if a line can be 
developed to let him reach the op- 
Xrosing -secGndary-==defense.=-^-Wltt~ 
mer, invariably good from two to 
five yards, tihould be an Improved 
back this fall. What he can do 
in an open field never came to 
light last season because Roper 
had ho play to shake this boy loose 
beyond the scrimmage line. He fig- 
ures to be one of the best backs 
in the east this year and if that 
doesn't develop dpuble it In spades 
fpr '29. 



Yale has Garvey, Hammersley 
and Iloben again plus an. Exeter 
legacy named Ellis, whp may force 
Hoben Into silence arid a halfback 
niche. Penn is familiar with the 
work of Scull, Murphy and Shober 
and expects much from new' back 
pointedly named Gentle. If Hood 
is eligible at Pitt the Panther will 
consider itself offensively heavily 
fortified and Harvard has the wil- 
lowy French as a threat. The^Army 
isn't worrying about its first string 
ha ck ncld=Avl th-MurrcL and Jilaglo.-iiL 
there, but the Cadets are one group 
who seem to lack desirable back- 
field replacements. 

Practically all these teams are 
worried about their forwards from 
end to end and, ais usual, it is here 
that the survival of the fittest will 
be decided each Saturday. It 
shapes up as a more than custo- 
mary trying season for line 
coaches. 



A contest over $500,000 estate, 
left by Earl A. Fraser, Ocean Park, 
Cal., beach resprt amusement man, 
lulled, in autp accident June 18, Is. 
pn 'between his widpw, Lillian R. 
Fraser and. Ethel Fraser Prentiss,- 
sister pf the deceased. 



Luther Hanger, 19, said tp have 
pbtained $1,400 from amateur au- 
thoris and scenario writers by mis- 
representation through mails, sen- 
tenced to year and a day in federal 
reform school. 



A. B. Barringcr, novelist, scenar- . 
1st and film director, in Dickey and 
Cass hospital, Hollywood, as result 
of Injuries received, in fight with 
his cook, Geo. Mullen. Barringer 
is said tP be disfigured fPr life by 
bites in cheek and lip, alleged, to 
have been Inflicted by Mullen, whp 
is under arrest. Fight said tp have 
occurred pver Mullen's feeding 
dpgs in kitchen pf Barringer heme. 



Her marriage- tp Rpbert Bp-jt, 
father pf Clara Bpw, will npt pre- 
vent tlie depprtatipn pf Tul Lpr- 
raine, screen actress and clpse 
friend Pf Clara. The Lps~ Angeles 
iriamigratipn pffice received Inatruc- 
tiPns frpm Washlngtpn that Clara's 
new mother-in-law must leave the 
cpuntry pn pr befpre Oct. 16. Miss 
Lprraine Is a native pf New Zealand. 
ImmigratiPn recprds shpw that she 
came Intp the cPuntry In 1925 as 
"Clara Bpw's secretary," ' that she 
left later and entered the cpuntry 
again Illegally at Tia Juana, Mex- 
icp, Jan. 15, 1926. Bpw stated his 
wife -will leave in compliance "with 
the governmental order. 



Wallace Beery, screen actor, in a 
deposition made in Los Angeles 
court, Sept. 26, denied all charges 
made agahist him in the $1,000,000 
damage suit of Juanita Montanya. 
The girl, with a police record, filed 
suit against Beery In September, 
1927, alleging that Beery attacked 
her in December, 1026, and was 
the father of her child, born in No- 
vember, 1927. The suit never came 
intp court^ HE*"! ^^^^ f^^^'^ hired a 
coupTe of new attbFn^yg"^hp~have- 
now taken up the case on tlie same 
allegations. Beery said the suit was 
siinply an extortion proposition. 



Marie Prevost says she and her 
husband, Kenneth Harlan, hav« 
been reconciled. 



SAN FRANCISCO 



Pauline Curry, stage dancer, filed 
suit for $20,000 damages against C. 
F. Danner and George Evans for 
alleged injuries sustained while rid- 
ing In Evans' car two years ago. 
According , to the complaint, Evans' 
car collided with that driven by 
Danner, resulting in her breaking 
her right l^nee and jiet mimentl.v 
.''earring her legs. 

Advices from Paris arc tliat 
Clifford Tliompson, oonicdiun, has 
flled suit for divorce ugaiusl Nana 
F.ryant, former leading woinati :>i 
=the- Alcazar.:--( dramaUu.^iaiM^kL Jverii. 
and of the Fulton in Oakland. Nlisf^ 
l?ryant, who came here in '-3 t'« 
head the Thomas Wilkes riayer.'-. 
later joined cast of "Topsy an.i 
Eva" on tour. 



Victor Neuhou.«!e, of Denver, orig- 
inator of the Community IJttl' 
Theatre plan (German) is ni'ix>>- 
tlating for a similar institulion li' i '' 
for the productipn pf GermMn v^■.^y'' 
in tb« native tengiie. 



Wednesday, October 3, 1928 



TIMES SQUARE 



VARIETY 



45 




SIR JOSEPH REGRETS 
A USEESS SUMMER! 

■•1 * * ■ ■ . 

Gave Up All of His Time to the | 
Willie Howards— Could Have 
Made More Money Fishing 



"It has been a useless summer. I 
spent It with Mr,; and Mrs. "Wllile 
Howard at that Beechhurst town 
on Long Island. They are all rlpht, 
but I could have made more money 
fishing. I have discovered tha.t I 
can make more money selling ilsh 
than laughs," said Sir Joseph Gins- 
berg, as he discreetly glanced about 
to see if one of the Howard brothers 
■were within listening distance'. 

Brought to Sir. Joseph's attention 
that WilUe Howard appears to be 
malting a big income by selling 
laughs on the stage, the Ginsberg, 
of the original Flying Ginsbergs, ex- 
plained it this way: 

"They kiiow Mr. Willie by now 
and they know he's funny. Mr. 
Willie and myself, also perhaps Mrs. 
Willie, know I'm funny, but we 
can't get any one else to- believe it, 
not even Mr. Gene." 

Sir Joseph rejected a suggestion 
that he give a free exhibition of his 
funnlments every noon on the Mall 
at Central Park until a manager en- 
gaged him. 

"That can't be done," replied Slf 
Joseph. "I might catch cold and 
they would accuse me impersonat- 
ing Dave Mario.i. 

"I must have an audience, a the- 
atre and a salary," continued Sir 
Joseph. "Mr. WlUie told me so and 
said I should keep it under my 

belt." . ■ 

Reprimanded 

Reprimanded for suggesting he 
has wasted the summertime with 
such a congenial host as his advice - 
giver, Sr. Joe hastily sputtered: 

"You must not print that. Mr. 
Willie will blame me for talking. 
The Howards know I like them, 
that's why I am willing to stick 
around with Mr. WilHe for so long, 
but did you ever have to eat Mrs. 
Willie's cooking three times daily, 

day after day?" ' ' ■ ' 1 , 

Asked what he Intended doing 
during the winter with, the Howards 
having given up their summer 
home, Sir Joseph did riot Immedi- 
ately answer. He slowly said he 
had given that no thought, but with 
Mr. Willie now working again as 
usual and making enough money 
for both of them, he felt no need 
to bother himself over that. 

"I can go into talking pictures, 
Ur. Willie told me," said Sir Jo- 
(Contlnued on pa,ge 48) 



I Smith Ahead of Hoover 
On Chi Novelty Sales 

Chicago,. Oct. 2. 
A check-up of Chicago nov- 
elty shops, pitchmen and drug . 
stores, .reveals that Smlthi 
mementos, badges and novel- 
ties are leading the sale of 
similar Hoover material. 

In Chicago's largest flve- 
and-ten the girls are doing 
good business wfth the Smith 
pliotos, brooches, auto plates 
and watch fobs while the 
counter phonograph grinds 
out "Sidewalks pf New York." 

Book stores report Smith bi- 
ographies are holding the lead 
in sales and that any printed 
matter oh the eastern candi- 
date enjoys a ready sale. 



CHINItS MAY TAKE 
iERUITtllFE 



Yellow Peril in Times Sq. 
Cabaret Restaurant Busi- 
ness Seems All-Engulfing 
—Mid-Town Section Dot- 
ted with Eateries with 
Dance and Show 



WHITES HANDICAPPED 



BOOZE RACKET ARREST 

Intended Victims Informed Police 
in Advance. . 



Java Jag Jazzed 



One of the ofC-the-arni bean- 
eries in the square tliat has 
its wall placarded with signs 
advising patrons, they can have 
all the coffee they can drink 
for a dime, called a halt the 
othpr night on a couple of . kib- 
itzers. 

Tlic manager told the boys 
that they could continue on 
their java jag, providing thoy 
went for a side cash sandwich 
or a piece of .sponge cake for 
dunking purposes oecasion- 

aiiy. . . ■. 



GIRL'S GYPPING CHARGE 



Cops Make Buses Quit 
Stalling on Departures 

Henry McCarton and Henry Por- 
ter, detectives attached to head- 
quarters, have been assigned to 
round up operators of bus com- 
panies stationed In Times Square 
ttiallEairto display deiiarture signs. 

.More than six operators have been 
served with summonses. Magis- 
trate McAndrews recently Imposed 
a heavy fine on one violator and 
the court decried the actions of 
companies operating In such a 
manner. Detectives explained to 
the court that the Police Commia- 
Bioner • had received complaints 
against bus lines In the theatrical 
district. Passengers nlade impa- 
tient by the long wait asked for 
the return of their money and re- 
ceived abuse, said the sleuths 
Word has spread around the Stem 
. and barkers are now announcing 
When the buses are to leave. 



Kathan Rosenberg, 24, clerk, 225 
Hart street, Brooklyn, was held In 
$1,000 ball by Magistrate McAn 
drcws In West Side Court on a 
charge of grand larceny preferred 
by Jesse Venon, 41 West 94th 
street. 

Rosenberg was arrested after he 
had accepted $150 from Venon for 
the delivery of "champagne and 
Scotch." The champagne is be 
lleved to be cider and y6ast. It Is 
being analyzed by Edward Kelly, 
city chemist. 

1 According to Detective Nell Win- 
berry, Venon, recently returned 
from Europe, received a phone from 
a man who asked how he had en- 
joyed himself and then volunteered 
to get him some of the same stuff 
he had drunk on the: boat. 

Realizing that It was either a 
hoax or he was going to be gypped, 
'. enon notified Detective Wlnberry. 
When Rosenberg called and accept- 
ed the money for the beverage he 
was arrested. ■ Rosenberg explamed 
that he was merely a messenger 
and did not know what the mer- 
chandise was or any more about It 
than he was delegated to collect 
the money. 



Clergyman Creates Fuss 
In Theatre— Discharged 

KInsolming Wythe, 48. who said 
he was a Baptist clergyman of 55 
Boulton road, Yonkera, N. Y., and 
who hails from the South, was ar- 
raigned In Night Court before 
Magistrate Hyman Bushel on the 
charge of disorderly conduct and 
discharged. 

The Reverend was arrested by 
Patrolman Wldgren of the West 
47th street station who -was sum- 
moned to Hammerstein's theatre at 
63d street and Broadway by the 
manager. Tom S. De Bitta, who 
charged that the clergyman had 
created disorder In the theatre by 
refusing to leave the orchestra and 
take his seat in the balcony. 

Dr. Wythe, said the manager, had 
bought a seat for the balcony. An 
usher explained hte would have to : 
leave the orchestra and go to his 
proper seat. The manager states 
that Mr. Wythe became so boister- 
ous In his refusal the performance 
was interfered with. . _ _ 

When the clergyman was being 
booked at the police station, he told 
Lieutenant 'Broadway' Johnny Col- 
lins that he hailed from the South, 
"And I am a strong Smith man, 
Broadway Johnny quotes the rev- 
erend as saying. However, Collins 
was compelled to book Mr. Wythe 
who was later taken to Night Court. 



TELLS COP HE'LL SUE HIM 

"I'll sue you if you arrest me," 
declared Morris Dolbcr, 33, musi- 
cian, when Policeman Patrick Foy, 
West .47th^ fitreet. station^^ 
to move from In front oriiie'l'ari- 
mount theatre. 

Dolber was arrested. In West- 
.Side Court, when arraigned before 
Magl.slnite McAndi-ews, he. said 
the cop had not givon him an op- 
porHniity to move and poked him 
with the club. Ma.qi>^1r;ite McAn- 
drews imposed a $5 fine. The niu- 
.sieian K"'"* 



AKEESTED ON DOPE CHARGE 

Anna Burt, 25, who declares .she 
is a eiibaret cnterlaliw.T. w;is held 
in $1,000 bail for Special Sessions 
when arraigned before Magistrate 
^TfrA'ndrinvsHn-Wpst-Sin*L.-X4aiir=t.-^^ 
a charge of possessing opium. 

Mi.«!? Burt was arrested m tier 
room at a crah street hotel by 1h>- 
trelive Mbffatt of the n.-irer-iK' 
snund. Latter .sriid lie reecivf d a 
lip tbat the woman was a jupe rid- 
ili. t and went lo tlie rnom to inves- 
tiir.Tte. He claim!- to h.'ivo foiiixl ;i 
.-^luall (luanliiy of t)i<; drug. 



Broadway's Yellow Peril, stead 
ily flrowing with more and more. 
Chinese: restaurants . opened , al 
ready evidences keener competition 
workinfl out to the benefit of the 
performers and the Chinese food 
swailowers. 

Popular Times Square eateries 
which did mass business regardless 
are now forced to include elaborate 
floor shows, refurbish their dance 
music and book in speciar attrac- 
tions. Where the throngs assured 
each place of a healthy gross on 
the. register, the chop suey addicts 
now are shopping for a little class 
in environment, becoming more epi- 
curean not alone in their culinary 
requirements, but also on the floor 
show trimmings. 

Thu.<j. Chlnaland, cornering 43d 
street and Broadway In the Hotel 
Cadillac structure, for long a 
stronghold because of Its psycho- 
logical location, has been forced to 
put in an elaborate revue. The 
Knickerbocker Grill, recently gone 
Chink. Is putting on a $500 addi- 
tional nut on Its dance music alone. 
Oliver Naylor and his Victor re- 
cording orchestra open there Octo- 
ber 9. A floor show will be includ- 
ed, all at no couvert charge and 
to a $1.25 to $1.60 table d'hote din- 
ner scale. 

The new Mayfair on West 44th 
street, east of Broadway, on the 
site of the Mayfair Theatre* will bo 
the last gasp in elaborate chow 
meineries, also on a no -couvert 
basis, the general thing in all the 
midtown Chinese- American food 
dispensaries. Their percentage lies 
in the tilted food scales for the 
after-theatre mob. 

Chin Lee's, Too 
Chin Lee's, on 49th street and 
Broadway, long prospering in its 
bridge parties,- club and fraternal 
organization gatherings and similar 
type of wholesale patronage, a 
specialty restaurant, and assured it 
a terrific source of Income, has been 
compelled to put In a;n elaborate 
show In addition to Its dance music. 
It plays special attractions on top 
of that. 

Last week George A. Billings, the 
Lincoln Impersonator who has done 
some screen work as the double of 
the Great Emancipator, played for 
over a week as the guest star. Bill- 
ings 'lY aTypVbf ^tjt ate^ct for- 
eign to a Chinese restaurant. Chin 
Lee's is also booking elaborate 
specialty acts. 

The Palais D'Or, on the site of 
the old Palais Royal, with B» A. 
Kolfe and his orchestra, remain the 
old standby. The owner, Hon. 
D'Or, of the Palais D'Or, regrets 
chiefly that capacity, limitations are 
such beneficial windfall for the 
neighboring places because of his 
tuniaway. 

Another name band, Paul Si)eeht, 
la at the Jardin Royal, acro.ss 48th 
street on Broadway, which also hfifl 
an elaborate floor revue. Like the 
Palai."^ D'Or's WEAF radio wire, 
Jardin Royal • utilizes WOR, for 
steady ether . exploitation, while 
Yoeng's on 4!)th and Broadway, lor- 
7i\erlv Churchill's, ethorizf-s tlirrAif.di 
W.IZ, playing stellar bands . i.M'-r- 
miiu.ntly. In addition to a r.onwih-K: 
-(lrmi-v<-v u Tod-Jiartcll- iH^Aiumilil 
at Voeng's. 

Chink Dotted 

T,.twPon 42d and HOtli stv<f t, the 
S'()i!Mre Is df)t(cd with Chin".--'- r"'.'^- 



Mabel 



Boehle Kept Borrowing on 
Same Car Alleged 



A new method of cheating finance 
companies was bared when Mabel 
Boehle, 21, 104 Hyman court, Brook- 
lyn was before Magistrate Mc- 
Andrews in West Side Court on a 
charge of. grand larceny. She was 
held in $1,500 bail for. a hearing 
Oct. 8. 

According to Harry Shelsey 
treasurer for the Hood Commercial 
Corp 1775 Broadway, Mabel came 
to the ofPice. July 5 and rcci^csted a 
loan of $925 on hcr new Buiek. She 
produced a bill of sale, Shelsey said, 
showing that there were no mort- 
gages on the car and the loan was 
advanced 

Some time later Mabol failed to 
meet her regular payment and of- 
nclals demanded to know where the 
car was. Miss Boehle would not 
tell Investigators learned, the au 
tomobile had been seized by repre- 
sentatives of the Pacific Finance 
Corp. because of her failure to meet 
payments for a loan previously ad 
vanced on a mortg.ige 

The Hood concern notified Detec 
tive Joe Fitzgerald, West 47th 
street station, ^'itzgerald went to 
the girl's home and arrested her 

The detective said he learned that 
she had obtained other loans and 
in each instance produced fraudu 



PoSce Checking Up on 
All Suspicious Joints 



A police order issued generally at 
New York police headquartoi-s late 
last week, exciting the curiosity of. 
the dallies, appears to have been a 
direction to all of the police to re- 
port every suspicious joint or place 
on every and aU streets in New 
York. .\ ■ . 

The system to secure the infor- 
mation is for the man on post to 
make his report, with precinct de- 
tectives checking lip the patrolmen. 
Inspectors' staffs are doing a gen- 
eral check-up on all of them. 

While the order calls for all sus- 
picious places, the belief is that It 
1.S directly aimed at liquor selling 
joints, whether nite clubs, saloons, 
speakeasies, drug stores, soda water 
coimters or juice selling places. 
- Purpose , of the order is thought 
to be a follow up of tlie Mayor Jim- 
my' Walker's letter to -the seem- 
ingly new Republican leader, Mrs. 
Willebrandt, of the U, S. Attorney 
General office, stating that of over 
1,500 liquor violations reported by 
the New York police force the fed- 
eral forces acted only upon '22, and 
those to cmbarraa.s the Al Smith 
campaign. 

Other su.spected places will be In- 
cluded under the classification of 
dope, joints, gambling and dlsoi'der- 
ly houses. 



Village Cabs Dark at 1, 
But Speaks No-Hear 



The 1 a- m. closing curfew has 
gone In again for the cabarets, of 
Greenwich Village. Open places 
have been warned that unless the 
shutters are up at that hour pro- 
prietors will be prosecuted and 
dance licenses revoked. 

The cabaret men figure It th»> jgen- 
eral pre-election activity by the 
copper.s. . 

While the ea])aret men are strug- 
alonpr with night business 



gling along with 
down there are temporarily obeying 
.„c.tn«no T^rnrlul.,•u i^icu-- .it, thc spooks arc not, Wlnc joints, 
;:^ntTifls of svale to'^rbTta^t Ue he^ slipping over ,red Ink at $1 per 
Sn? lhat the cax- i^^^^ free and | qr^art are running until unconscious, 
clear of encumberance. 



and 44th streets), but the most 
notable of the 42d street iLst is the 
Knickerbocker Grill and the up- 
stairs place right next door to the 
N-ew Amsterdam theatre on the 
other side of Broadway. 

Adjoining the Rialto Is. the Re 
public. Across Broadway, next, to 
each other, are Chinaland and 
Chin's, with the new Mayfair 
around thc corner on 44th street 
Next door to the Globe is an incon 
splcuous onc-fiight-up room which, 
as a tip-off to the Oriental epicu- 
reans, serves the only on-the-level 
chink food iu the Square, It pars 
that of I..um Fong's on Canal street 
ju.st off Chinatown, which spot 
came to Broadwayites' attention. 
They "discovered" it as a spot for 
real native Chinese dishes (chop 
suey and chow m<"in an; as foreign 
In China as dirty postal cards are 
to the native Parisian, both being 
strictly for th«j chump or tourist 

trade). ^ , 

On 7th avenue and 4f(th .street la 
Joy Yoeng's; on Broadway and 
48th to 49th arc the I'alais D'Or, 
Jardin Royal, Yoeng's, Chin lice's, 
and the Far Kost .stands out one 
block further north on Main street. 

The new. Canton at COth and 
Broadway, over what was the Re- 
gal .shoe .stor(s at thc subway en- 
trance, is in process of erection for 
early opening, with intentions to 
make this the top-noteher among 
the Chinese-American I'ood empo- 
riums. Still further up .'ire the 
Martcold C.anh'ns, Cliow iMein 'Inn 
;ind othi'r spots, and so on up to 
Columbus circle, Jlarh.-m. "SVa.sli- 
ingtoM ll.'if^lits and haeU :iK:iin tf> ,: 
Chinu., a g.-ld-n bon.-ur/a for (he I .i-t nrnin;< hi- 
?^ n t'^^rT^rir rng ^: x'l lo \'^l^^ <'*"^-"==^ 
. Thi.« (•ornpetition all Ifii'ls 
liriUK llic ei)teilairuiifnt 
HKjro and more info ini)i.'rlarM e. j ni'.n 

(•))i'i)U 



with locked doors and no license. 

The cabaret bolt of Greenwich 
Village has been practically de- 
leted within the past year with 
about a dozen now operating In 



comp.'i.rison to 50 a ye.ar ago. Less 
than half of those open are doing 
any real business. 

■The eating places, pop priced, 
arc getting a play but closing at 
10, NothinfJT but food in the legit 
eating places. 

Plenty of Wop joints behind 
closed doors with a pint of wine 
thrown in or at $1 dinners. 



2 Alleged Choosers of 
Express Checks Arrested 

Looking like clothing store mod- 
els, George Phillips, 29, 95 'i;hayer 
street, Boston, and Joseph T. Lord. 
,10, .31 Gold street, Portch caster, 
N. were at- RroaTlway hncl 47tlV"^ 
street when Charles Fl.sher, special 
representative of the treasury de- 
partment of the American Railway 
Express Company, and Detective 
George FcrgusonT" West 47th street 
station, arrested the pair. 

Charges of forgery wei'e booked 
against them. They were taken to 
thc Tombs prison to. await arraign- 
ment in (Jeneral Sessions, both hav- 
ing been indicted. 

Lord was emphatic In denying the 
cliarge, while his companion merely 
.shrugged his sliouUlqrs. 

AceorOiii',' to Fisher, on July IS.' 
last, (Jlen Haskell, of the U. S. Al- 
cohol Commission, 110 East 42nd 
street, engaged passage on the 
"i'ari.s." Jn a coat in his stateroom 
! were iva vellers' cheques amounting 
It.) Jj.onn. Haskell went to i he rail 
'to wave Kodflbye to frien'ls. l.'pon 
rw.at had l-een rilled. 
-^-^ .Wiri.!.?.-. .yiri.g.,jl lie j;\ press J:^inpany,_ 
to l a :-l'"p " u.-i.-.- " iuit on 'niirrj Soleh 
•ut iiin'cl j '■liCM':. f.. I'-Isher . learned that two 



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46 



VARIETY 



TIMES S Q U ARE 



Wednesday, October 3, 192$ 



ON THE SQUARE 



How Al Shayne Went Off His Nut 

Al Slmyne's latest love aff;ilr became so expensive Al sobered, up over 
It. She WHS a nice jjtirrul and Al had been slaking llorists for four 
months before ho knew ho had boon sidetracked. Then he commenced to 
ijtake piano player.s, so you can see how far he was gone. 

Al Is a cabaret" floor m. c. and singer, mostly ballads, , Up In the 
CastilUan Gardens on the relham road, Al's hours . are late, and besides 
It's a long trip downtown! There Wasn't much for either Al or the 
femme to do o-nigjits except to check up each other on the photic; 
Both locaters seenied perfectly satisfied. Al was on the Job atid . the 
frail was whereever Al phoned. 

TThat glided alonff for months and Al was singing "King For a Day" 
without realizing its truth. One night Al phoned and no answer. That 
evening he s.ang"Laugh, Clown, Laugh" but didn't believe it. The next 
afternoon he got her on the phone and the usual stuff: . . 

"Listen, honey. I missed you last night. You know that's not right 
and, lioney, you didn't call me either. I'll come right over." 

Femme I'eplled not to come over and when Al said he wo'uld ca-ll that 
evening, she chilled it by telling Al she had gotten married the day 
before. 

It was then Al. went off his nut. That night at the road house he sang 
all the ballads one man can do. After finishing his own show up there, 
he came downtown, going to all of the sawdust joints, likkering up and 
asking the piano players to play, "Ivemember," "I Love You" or "To- 
gether" with the rest of the sob stuff. 

.When Al couldn't sing any more he commenced to .stake the pianists 
|1, $2 or $5, to' just play the sobbers. In one of the joints when a friend 
saw. Al Shayne stake a piano player to $5 for playing a ballad, he 
grabbed Al, hustled him to a Turkish bath and in the morning told him 
what he had done.'. That cured our Al. 

Al thinks he got hunk when the former sweetie phoned him up some 
nights later at the road house. 

"Listen, Mrs, • said Al. "It's not -nice for a. married woman 

\o' call up strange men," and then he sang some more sobbers. . 



Cold Hearted Raiders 

In a liquor raid the other night In New York, a pbpular eating place 
was depopulated through the federal agents, also seizing a patron, alleged 
to h?ive purchased the drink upon which the raid was based. It is the 
second time since Prohibition, that there has been a liquor pinch In the 
place. It is frequented by high New York ofllclals who about make a 
meeting point of it. , 

When the patron was placed under arrest, one of the local officials, 
making himself known to the federal agent, is said to have requested the 
declined to do. His refusal was looTced upon as an exceptional Incident 
by tho.se present aware of the. identities. 



Lou Holtz' Neat Turn 

Lou Holtz, who has operated in realty a:s additional to hia stage activi- 
ties;, has sold the Y'andls Court apartment house on West 43rd street to 
the 'N^^y York Times. It Is said the comedian turned a profit of $125,000. 
Title will not actually pass to the newspa:per until iiext year, Holtz 
operating until then. 



Old Capitol Apts Gone 

The Capitol Apartments, last of the buildings razed this .week p'n the 
west side of Broadway between 51st and 52d streets, will be recalled by 
many .now prominent In the profession as the place once .oalled home. 
In recent years the apartments held a spot in the life of the Square 
similar to the old Bartholdl Inn, on the site of what is now the Lo'ew 
State theatre building. 

The removal of the 51st street block of old buildings has chased a lot 
of Bowery gyp and racket shops out of the Square. 



Cup Reading Fortune Racket in Tea Rooms 

Cup readers are the latest ballyhoo to attract business in the tea roomis 
of Times Square and Greenwich Village. Patrons desiring futures are 
entitled to . a tea leaf reading from their cups by girls In Gypsy cos- 
tume. No extra nick and the dames, old and young, are going heavy for 
the racket. 

Cops can't interfere since there is no specific fee for the reading. 
Places offering this stuff are getting 75 cents for tea and cake, with 
the readers getting one-third for their readings, it Is said. 



BROADWAY GUIDE 

(Changes Weekly) 



For show people, as well as laymen, this Guide to general amusements 
In New York will be published weekly in response to repeated requests. 
It may serve the out-of -towner as ■ time-saver in selection. 

PLAYS ON BROADWAY 
Current Broadway legitimate attractions are completely listed and 
.eo.mmented upon weekly in Variety under the heading > "Shows in New 
York and Comment." 

In- iliat'llepalHmeWt, both iH the •comment and the actual amount of 
the gross receipts of each show, will be found the necessary information 
•e to the most successful plays, also the scale of admission churged. 



NEW FEATURE PICTURES OF WEEK 
Capitol — "Excess Baggajge" (Wm. Haines) (second week). 
Colony — "Lonesome" (V. talker) and Ben Bernle, ,. 
Paramount— "The Flct t's In" (Bow). : 
Rialto— "The Patriot" (Jannings) (run) (sound). 
Rivoli — "Two Lovers" (Colman-Banky) (sound) (run). 
Roxy — ^^"Wln That Girl" and stage show. 

Strand— "The Lion and the Mouse" (Vltaphonc); Vita shorts (2d week). 



SPECIAL FEATURES WORTH SEEING 
Al Joison's 'The Singing Fool" (Vitaphone) "White Shadows" 

"Lilac Time" 



"Submarine" 



NIGHT LIFE 

Cafes booming again with a flock of openings and about-to-be open- 
ings. Club Barney in the Village got started Friday with a nice enter- 
tainment; ditto the Lido with Rosita and Ramon and Harry Rosenthal's 
orchestra in a hunting room setting. Club Mirador Is now patterned 
along popular lines and is not the class room It was formerly. The 
Monterey is hotsy-totsy with a black-and-tan opera and the Silver 
Slipper, Frivolity and Chateau Madrid continue per usual with their 
Bummer-shows augmented :for_.th.e.:fftl^^-,=,^:,.^^^^ _ 

Hotels, are going In for attractions. Yacht Club" Boys open tdhlgHt 
(Wednesday) at the Ambassador; Park Central has an elaborate variety 
bill-; .Pennsylvania is plugging its new band, Phil Spitalny; the 6niart 
St. Regis holds up v/ith Fowler and Tamara and Vincent Lopez's music. 

Lopez at his Woodmansten Inn continues big as ever with the rest of 
the r<^adhou.scs easing off with the advent of crlsper weather. 

RECOMMENDEP SHEET MUSIC 

"When You're Smiling" ■ "Dream House" 

"Would You Care?" "Waiting and Dreaming" 

"Art We Downhearted? No!" "Do You? Don't You" 



Chatter in the Loop 



. Inaccurate Biographies 
Paul Ash 

A buiich of th« boys were whooping 
it up 

In a Barbary Turkish bath; 
They snapped wet towels at each 
other's legs, . 
And whanged with a sawed-oIT 
■ lath. 

When out of the night and Into the 
steam 

Strode glamorous young Paul 
. Ash; 

An awe-some figure of health was he, 
Man-dusty and lousy with cash. 

Paul glanced about with practlcied 
«ye 

And spotted ah old piano. 
He seated himself at the bOx and 
glared 

. Like, a mad Gllitziano. . 

'Stand back, you whelps!" he roared 

" with vlm^ 
. "And lend me a drunken ear; 
"I'll tackle this box and .play in a 
way 

"That you seldom will see or 
hear!" 

He socked at the keys with a 
mighty bang. 
And strong men quavered in fear; 
He nurtured the keys with a soft 
caress. 

Arid scoff.6rs drltVbled a tear. 

Then up he Jumped to grab a towel 

And tie It 'round his middle; 
He shot his hips from left to right 
And danced a merry diddle. 

"that youngster is good!" a critic 

extolled — 
.A gangster who passed as a sage 
'With that lilt to his hips and a 
stick In his hand 
"He'd be the nuts on a stage!" 

So they put a band on the stage 
with the kid, 
And told him to do his bit; 
And he wiggled his hips and waved 
his stick 
While the customers threw, a fit. 

The dough rolled In and the kid 
grew great. 
Renowned from Chi to Rome ; 
But he never forgets the Barbary 

And the bath he onoe called home. 

f 

Once every year he journeys back 

To knock off a soccb tuno. 
And wiggle his hips from left to 
right 

. While his pala ifiall down In a 

swoop. 



Winning Votes 

Acting on a political hunch, a 
Loop showman placed a substantial 
parlay bet on three horses: "Hon- 
est,": "Resourceful,"' "Governor 
Smith." 

"Honest" was scratched. The 
other two won, douhling the show- 
man's money. 
Another vote for Smith. 



An attorney handling a divorce 
suit for a vaudeville dancer with- 
out hope of fee unless securing ali- 
mony for her, has started to gnaw 
his desk in two. The girl decided 
to return to hubby. 



Greenwich Village 

By Lew Ney 



After waiting a year for tenants 
who didn't come, one Fifth avenue 
has slashed its rates for one and 
two-room apartmients to the. con- 
sternation of agents -for remodeled 
and made-over places. Practically 
all of the new tenants are business 
and professional people. 

Lower Fifth Is beginning to look 
like Park avenue. Dignified brown- 
stone fronts trom 40 to 46 are be- 
ing razed to make way fOr a co- 
operative apartment house. All the 
moving spirits of the Village have 
some time or other lived at 44 or 
46, from Jack McOrath, who long 
since established himself In the 
MInettas, to Vincent Beltrone, who 
left for the bohemian Bradford, 
when the brioks began to fall. 

Tho southeast corner of 12th 
street Is also scheduled for an 
apartment house to be ready in a 
year. 



returned from a summer's cruise to 
Maine. The sculptors, Loulso aind 
Bert Wilder, have moved to 12 East 
IBth street. 



Figuring Ahead 

Jan Galy and Zhenya have left 
their cozy basement, on Bedford 
street for a tiny tenement on Front 
street, east of the East Side; ' Here 
they plan to save enough iri rent 
during tho winter to satisfy their 
longings for Paris In the spring. 



Vincent dl Caprio, for . 20 years 
the Village printer on Chrlstojpher 
street, has moved to 34. Bedford. 



Eva Le Galllenne opens her Civic 
Repertory Theatre this week with 
lyroliere'ij "The Would-be Gentle- 
man" and Bernard's "L'inyltatlon 
au Voyage," new productions. 
"Hedda Gabler" and "The Cradle 
Song" are carried over from the last 
season. . 



After 11 . seasons of playing 
around without a playhouse of their 
own, the Lenox Hill Players have 
the Cherry Lane for the season. 
They are opening early In Novem- 
ber with "The Dark Mirror," by 
Irving Stone, one of four plays to 
be given. Otto H. Kahn is slippln.cr 
some of the dough. 

■Tim Harris with his g<iitar has 



; Tony Arrived— Fiat • 

Anthony J. Gudaltls, lad .with lit- 
erary ambitions, has severed his 
connections with the Universal 
Magazine, published spasmodically 
In Boston, of all places, for con- 
sumption in Paris. He has come 
to the Village to find himself and 
will. ;■■ 

Almost broke whesn arriving, Gu- 
daltls sought out a small publisher 



who offered him a month's grub-, 
stake if he would write In that time 
a proposed flavory novel. He pre- 
ferred to take his chances handling 
freight. 

Until payday ho lived on broken 
cakes from a bakery and lemon 
water, too shy to tell he was flat. 
A lot of misunderstood Villagers 
could take lessons from Tony, but 
they won't. 

„Rap on Rep 

On Greenwich street, below. 14th,, 
an Inventor of printing presses 
manufactures the machines he 
creates. A. trade-journal ad 
brought an inquiry from a printing 
house in .Dallas. 

Dallas is an advanced city In 
thought and action. . Shoemakers 
there , call themselves "shoe rebot- 
tomers" and poor kids are . called 
"underprivileged children." 

In a postcrlpt to a letter of in- 
quiry the Dallas printer flaunts his 
pet aversion. "I aih sorry your ad- 
dress Is Greenwich Street," he says, 
"for I -do riot believe that anything 
good can come from Green wich 
street and hold an abiding prejudice 
against It— that is If It is the same 
as Greenwich Village of rotten 
fame, . " ■ .■ 

"It may be my prejudice against 
the name Is caused by my Ignordnce 
but if Greenwich street is Green- 
wich Village,, just forget this letter." 



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FMPIRF Thea.. B'way,. 40th St, Bvs. 
Eimi-lIVi:. 8.3o_ Matinees Wed. & S»t. 



Heavy Traffic 
Mary Boland 



RISGINALD 

MASON 



FRANK 

CONROY 



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Last 
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TllC Dnvid BeloBco pr^senta 

ACHELOR 
FATHER 

By Edward Childt Carpantar 
with JUNE WAI;KI!R, C. AITBRET 
SMITH, GEOFFREY KERB 
D1?T ACPn Thea.. W. 44th St Eva. S:30. 
OJ!iJjAatiU Mats. Thura & Sat-, 2 .30. 



JXeury JUUier StS&ta: Ihurs. & Sat. 2:30 

"Better than 'Front Page."» 

. — Jack Lalt, Varletr. 

Gentlemen^^H: Press 

A Newspaper Comedy ty Ward Morehoiue 
Staged by George Abbott 



EARL'HARRni I t*"- st&7th at. 

[^Hni. l/HnnULL. Mta. Thu^Sdt, 2.30 

W. C. FIELDS 

EARL CARROLL VANITI^ 

wlthRAT DOOItET— JOE FRISCO 
DOROTHT KNAPP and 56 BEAUTIES 
VINCENT XX)PEZ (HlmHelf) ft HIa BAND 



CHARLES DILIilNGHAM Presents 



The 



High Road 



A N«w Comedy by Frederick I/Oiuidule 

PTTTTnUr St. iMts. Wed. -Sat. 2:20 

JiULilUn w. ofB'yl Nights 8:20 



MARTIN BECK ^h . *r, st-s at*, ev.. 

"THIS, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, 
IS A PLATl"— St, John Ervlne, World. 




By PhUlp Dunning. 
Staged by WlnchoU Smith, 



'A CLEAN HIT'—Winchell, Graphic 

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THE 



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CLAIBORNE FOSTEE 

"GOOD FUN."— N. T. Times. 

1 I'fi'i 1? THEA. W. 44 St. Kvea., i.30 
Lill ILiEi Hatineea, Wed, & Sat, 3.30 



A Tbeaira Oalid Prodavtloa 
Evenings 5:30 

Strange Interlude 




REPUBLIC ^»^2« igW- 

Mats. Wed. & Sat.,' 
2:30. Eves., 8:30 

DVENTURE 

A new play by 
.lohn AVllliird 
with Robvrtn ArnolO 



JOE COOK 



RAIN OR SHINE" 

^^"^ nnHAN B'way & 430: Et». 8:3«. 

M. V Wl I ri in MatlneM WED. & SAT. , 2 :30. 



'"'A'^Sr 10:30 A. M«^3 30c, 

SMARK T\ 
IRAN LI 



MARK rV BROADWAY at 47th ST. 

Midnight Show Nightly. 1 1:3* 



SEE Time at Popular Prices HEAW 
wuu -Warner Brop. Vltanhone 
2ND BIO W£EK 

"THE LION AND MOUSE" 

with Lionel Barrymoro and May McAvoy 
Warner Bros.- Vita- ' | Fox Movie- 
phone Presentations | tone News 



HELD OVER FOR SND WEEK 

WILLIAM HAINES 

in "EXCESS BAGGAGE" 

A Metro-Gbldwyn-AIayer Flctara 
On tho Ktnfre RnnL BORi;n 
AJAAH PRIOR — WALT ROFSNEB 
CAPITOLIANS— Cheater Hale Girl* 
A DIT^I B'WAlf and 
I xJL* 6tst STREET 



ROXY 

7th Ave. & 

60th St 
Dir. Roxy 



WIIjUAM tox 
rreaenta 

Win That G>rl 

Football ComedX' 
... Romance 
ORBAT STAGE PROGRAM 
"BAIXET OF THE BUBIILES"^ m4 
Other Spectacles — ROXY ORCIUESTRA 
32 Roxyettes — Ballet — Choms of 10» 



WARNER'S 2 BIG 


H ITS 


A. lOLSON 

•^The Singing Fool 


2 

SHOWS. 
DAILY 


Winter Gaiden s^^hsr.'* 


2.45<8.4S 


THE '• 

TERROR 


3 

SHOWS 


Warner Bros. B"w^wirs2 st 


SAT.. 
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3-6-B.4S : 



NEW EAST 

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5^ve. 



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Thora; to Sat,, 0«t. 4 to • 
S Dayit Only . 

cbctia b. de tsiLam 
KING OF KINGS 

A VAUDEVILLE DE LUXt 



7 ACTS OF HIGH-ClJlS^ 
VAUUEVIW.K and 
"JUST MARRIED" 

James HaU' & Ruth Tiyloc 



A $3,000,000. THEATRE 

Rapidly nearing completloa 
~ Dccaratlont^undsr— way.- OpeM_ 
In th* FalL FOUR MODERN 
LODGE ROOMS NOW RENT- 
ING. 



3 Days Only 
CECIIi B. DE MII.LE'S 

KING OF KINGS 

A VAUDEVILLE DE LUXE 

aXTPlVEMTT VAt'nKVr!,r,B- PI0T(:JIH.S I .'Sunday 
AU. Xliotttrcs, NooM U) il --l,ow I'liccs | < 'nnocrta 

lliOO KUNDAY MAT., OCT. 7lli— NEW 
SHOW EVERY St'ND.'W * Til I K.'^I) \* 



Wednesday. October 8, 1928 



TIMES SQUARE 



VARIETY 



47 



Chatter in New York 



Bessie Mttck of the Capltol is va- 
Mtlonlng m Atlantic City. 
Marda Scanlan. former actress, 
copped the agency, for those 
German fold-up umbrellas and 
Jo^e on the road with the pocket- 

nMS^mclal Bongsmith to 
the Happiness Boys, has turned ten- 
pr* and is coaching this season. 
Sydney Shields sails Saturday for 

* ^ideJ'^' which titters over 

"ii^ SkSS- husband Of 
Regina Crewe, the chatterer has 
Snded a Hollywood yarn witn 
Ajnerican Mercury. . 

Jimmy De Tarr. assistant to 
LouSla O. Parsons, is In town on a 
two weeks' vacation. 

Another new Broadway column is 
elated to start this month m a 

"S;^"il^in literary mob has 
cone for John Gilbert. 
^ Louise Brooks will spend Friday 
here on her way to Ufa.. Jac^ 
Sen. another Paramount featured 
nlaver is aimed for Berlin. 
^ The ^mme grlf ters . who sell 
cbughdrbps around Times Square 
tave to ;tand for teasing because 
their yellow suits have 5c painted 
on the trousers. 

Helen Chandler, Who brightens 
UP the coryphee riinks, got exactly. 
38 presents from ensemble admir- 
. ers when 'she birthdayed las,t week. 
Betty Garst, temporarily out by 
Illness, has returned to "Rosalie. 

Stuart Robsoh, son of famous fa- 
ther with same monicker, is conr 
•valescing from pneumonia.. 

Yvonne D'Arle , is now up in. the 
air with a 21st floor bungalow 
t^partment. 
• A lea-f of lettuce and a glass of 
Boda water for dinner are cooperat- 
ing in making Hazel Jennings 
■ylph-like; 

Vivlenne Segal still looking for a 
chauffeur for her new bus. 
"They're kidding about St.. John 
' Ervihe's usage of the British noun, 
•'stall," as a synonym for seat. 

Hey-Hey Broun panicked the 
first-nighters at the Mansfield with 
an as-you-like-it dross suit. Broun 
compromised on the tux with a 
decidedly informal soft shirt. 

Add bridge addicts: Ben Bernie 
The new Friar's gag is the "burn 
up" between Bernie and Holtz 



from meeting Hann.on Swafter In 
London. 



against another partnership. When 
one of the latter commits a fox 
pass, and his partner hops on him, 
all the other players besides kid- 
IJzers hop onto, him anew and carry 
on the burn-up to a faretliewell. 
This'U tip off Phil Charig. musical 
comedy composer, who takes it too 
hard; 

P:ithe is getting out a dally house 
organ for its . 1,500 employees 
throughout the country. Called the 
"Dally Rooster" it's a one-page pep 
'em affair. 
. Jeffery Holinsdale. of the World s 
dramatic staff, is also taking care 
of the vaude reviews. ; 

Dave Eader, AMPA secretary, is 
sending out short, snappy news 
paragraphs with his weekly an- 
nouncement about the association's 
weekly luncheon at the Paramount 
■ grill. 

Dick Robertson, radio songster, 
has a police dog named WKAF. 

Hilda Ferguson and her new b. 
fr^iillon^iirc" y^uthr rHaTOid^^ 
had their, first spat la.st week al- 
though the nuptials are threatened 
on the up and up. One of those 
cafe differences in 'Jim Redmond'." 
. place. 

The authors of "Geritlomen of 
. the Press" can't get seats from the 
producers. Have to buy them. 

St. John Ervlne's piece on Tallu- 
lah Bahkhead in The World cau.s'od 
a panic in more than one news- 
paper omcc out of town, to which it 
was syndicated. Many editors, who 
buy the World's Sunday drama stuff 
for their own pages cut the hot 
stuff out of it. 

lioward Barnes, who stepped into 
Mark Barron's dramatic shoes on 
the Herald Tribune, is catching the 
Palace shows every Monday. 

Irvln Cobb, on a hunting trip i" 
New England, is reported hoadrd 
for a vaude try. 

C omm ander J\lc harc l_ Byjj's j::.ib- 
er'ty ar fio'le" on ""th e, "men" wTVo" will 



make the South Arctic trip with 
him Is considered one of the best 
ever written on American counL.£,'f. 
Each man in Byrd's interesting de- 
scription is an individual hero. 

Charles Moran Is doing Broad- 
way for the Daily News. 

Kelcey Allen since his return 
from Europe seems more austere 
than before the briny trip. Close 
friends said he acquired the offish 



Dillingham's boy,. Marc liach man 
who gives press attention to "The 
Big Pond," has been saddled with 
the publicity for the Dorothy Stone- 
Rogers show. 

Gene Belasco, former . Times 
Square wlsecraeker Is attached to 
DeniDcratlc headquarters lii Hack- 
ensack, N, J. 

H^irry Mayer has resigned as first 
assistant to Carroll. Pierce who 
succeeded Walter Kingsley in the 
Keith press dept. 

Tom Bamberger, in the Shubert 
press Sanctum, is now Mae West 
ing. . 

A iftcr turning down a popular pu 
gilist as its paying: tenant, the-same 
liotel was not averse to using his 
name for publicity purposes In cit- 
ing a list of celebs attending its 
opening. 

Those , who squaAVk on the letter 
"S" as spoliepi by w:omen in the 
talking pictures should holler mur- 
der against the men who speak 
over the radio with, a hiss in their 
voice. 

Herwin Stoddart, considered one 
of the .star ad getters in New York, 
has left; the Mirror. .Now falls 
on Robert Coleman, dramatic edi- 
tor, to sec tlvat the theatrical ads 
are duly in. 

Max Troll Off publicity, after a 
spell with First,. National. He's 
Europe bound, under contract to 
King Features. Mrs. Trell, an at- 
torney, sailed with her husband 
Sept." 29, . 

George Lait- has the- coast bug. 
He .goes this month. G.r.andpop 
Jack okayed it. 

Patricia O'Connor was billed to 
open with the Club Mirador's fresh 
start, but didn't. One of those 
things. But Pa-t got the publicity. 

Some of the boys Joining the Pic 
ture Club are charging the Initia- 
tion- on their swindle sheets: It'^. 
a two-way efficiency. Initiation 
now $150 and going to $200. . 

Leonard. Hall, now with 'Photo 
pliiy," fias sold an article to the 
"American Mercury." 
Sam Shiiyne has left Excellent 

Pictures. „ J ir. 

Warren Noljln has enrolled m 
Mark Van Doren's class in biog- 
raphy at the. Ney? School of Social 
Research. . a 

"Honest SamV Forgotson is the 
sponsor .of a fodtball dope sheet. in 
the M-G-M office. 

Lillian Lorraine left the Park 
West hospital Monday, looking as 
good as ever all over. 

June, claimed to have been the 
leading ehgenue of England for sev- 
eral years, reached New York 
Tuesday on her first trip. She will 
have the. title role of Hammerstem s 

"Poliy " 

Bid O'Brien of the M-G-M ad- 
vertising depart is an amateur gar- 
dener. Recently .''old a gardenia he 
had cultivated for $1,000 or some 
such fabulous amount. 

John Gilbert is in New York nt 
the Warwick. No publicity sent 
about his arrival. Maybe because 
jSs contract -ith M-G-M ex- 
pires Oct 1 and he is east to get 
set for the future. ' 

John loft Hollywood without be- 
coming spliced to Greta C,arbo. It 
is said three times he got Greta as 
far-as- the Jiecnse... bureau...buL,«l?^ 

alwavs balked. 

They say Mac West, who resides 
at the Hotel Harding, is flirting 
with the idea of or already has ac- 
quSed half ownership in the Iios- 
?clry. Being in on the ground floor 
Se^vould have a pretty good idea 

°'|.£ri/':S.s,.'loadiinglady-^for 
^.^^?-r .Hampden; i« -"on to^PP^ar 
in a new comedy by Ano I amma 
entitled, ••TUe Three levers.' Only 
three players, each loving. 

An inventive Longacreite. with 

fa^^r arches,, ^^^^^^^r^l^u^'^n^. 
ing the- Out to Lunch Club ^vl U 
hopes of later affiliation with the 
In Conforence bunch. 

ra.mnred tint . impresario - 
,^,,in lost he.avUy J"*;- * 
icilv slimip. Some say fl.-.O.oo". 

l\asU i P.u^ of (5.arrick Players 
mlinory. flirting with the talK^rs. 
Ditto f'lr Rolio Fu.-hls. 

on trio l)ack of his head. . 

It's a small world when you can 
count four waitres.^es all hailu.f^. 
?rom prince Edwar.l Island work- 
ing in a chain eatery near 4.d, 

At the fall reunion on the 2Gth 
inst.. of the Crescent Club, mrjcle 
famous heretofore by Daddy 
r.rowning-s presence and <;^'P-K'2-- 
mgs. the big peaches and dough 
Sny was again presf-nt, in s<>o<l 



humor. Jack La Rue and Beverly 
West (Mae'a aistcr) among those 
present. 

.An operatic manager, now on 
the divorce hurdles, Is rumored to 
have wed under circumstances -of 
sensational duress from the lady. 
Tc the Incidents Involved two mem- 
bers of his company were witness, 
being since retained in service on 
account of this knowledge^ 



Bland's Churchly Home 

Bland Johaneson and hubby, 
Hugh Kent, have moved to their 
new home near Newdorp, Statcn 
Island. They are temporarily sleep- 
ing in the organ loft, but expect to 
mak6 the pulpit the head of their 
bed. when Its dust Is off. 

They bought a church In S. L, 
$10 down and 30c now or then, 
Thought it a great scheme to save 
up, especially with three ways of 
getting there. They can. go over 
the Perth Amboy bridge, by the 
S. I. ferry or swim. . ~ 
It was a Christian Science church 
before Bland lamped It. . Now the 
C. S. cohgregalilon will build a new 
edifice, ' ■ 

• House Varming soon. Bring your 
.own, including ear. 

Under Cover Leggers 

In an ultra "careful" Times 
Square office building, not known 
to have ever had a "leggle" lessee, 
a ncAV tenant with Real Estate on 
the door fell under suspicion 
through a complaint of noise from 
a near office. The siiper got in the 
adjoining vacant room with his 
oar to the keyliole, when echoes of 
rattling dice and phone talks punc- 
tured with' such spiels as "The 
goods will be there any minute 
now," and "Sure, the goods is 
okay." resulted In the expulsion of 
the busy traders next a. m. 

W. Beery's Training 

Wallace Beery sings In rBeggars 
of Life," the talking plcturia. Sing- 
ing is no Innovation for W. Bt. (not 
Warner Brothers). He got his 
training trying to hold a Job with 
the Henry W. Savage's musicals of 
many years behind. 

Sid Skolsky's Slip-over 

As p. a. for Carroll's "Vanities," 
Sid Skolsky slipped over a bear cat 
late last week on the reported en- 
gagement of Blanche Satchell of 
the show to Colonel Lindbergh. AH 
the. New York dallies went for it, 
with the Journal and Graphic be- 
lieving they had exclusives. 

As "Vanities" is a $7.70 top mu- 
sical, that was some put-over by 
the . young publicity pusher. 

Gladys Lost Her Doggie 

Gladys Glad, "Rosalie" beauty, 
lost her dog. It was a cute present 
Last week the doggie was poisoned 
Gladie grieved deeply, then gave 
the mut a rltz burial In the dog 
cemetery at Hartsdale, 

Benchiey, the Loafer 
Robert Benchiey, columnist, crit 
ic, humorist and actor, leaves for 
the west coast Uiis week for Fox 
talkers. Although gone for a month 
only, the guy hasn't even written 
the story for use in- his new talk- 
ing short. 



Primus Co. New, Holding Contest 
For Novices (0 Make One Picture 

Throwaways to Attract Notice-$10 First Charge Cor 
Single Photo— Partners Vague on Details 



Ing editor of "Screcnland." Crossing 
was in the' fact that all .%yero ad- 
dressed and sent to Miss Ev.yis 
care of "Motion Picture Classic, a 
rival mag.. , 

. On the Irtour 

Broadcasting stations have gone 
leary on political "time." Senator 
Borah, speaking for Hoover last 
week over NBC. went over his hour 
and was cut off. The station was 
swamped, with .sciu.awking phono 
calls, wires and letters. 

Forgotten Friends 

The Times Sciuurc pussycats are 
licking their lips over the flop of a 
former girl friend who jumped into 
pictures and rose to the top as a 
"Broadway, type." While, the gal 
was negotiating a divorce from her 
director husband she acquired an 
east side money man and Went into 
high. As. soon as the decree came 
through the banking baby wallced. 
Her picture contract was not I'Cr 
newed, either. .. , . 

The paluka star is coming back 
to town after - wiring forgotten 
friends she's broke and hopes they U 
arrange a little publicity break. 

It's the Way 

The recent marital split bf^one of 
those "ideally mated" • couples 
around Times Square has an un- 
usual angle. The husband got^the 
"settlement." He conned the frau 
into signing over her interest in 
their act, checked out the balance in 
their joint account and held the 
family jool-9. . . . . 

Manima's • gone back to work and 
papa plays the track. 



. New Racket 

Oiie' young financial genius in a 
musical show ensemble has been 
picking up . enough change to send 
herself to dress designing school by 
taking and delivering phone mes- 
sages for si.sters afflicted wltn 
mammas, hu.sbands or over.seers. 
She started the racket free to ac- 
commodate two pals, but her num- 
ber got circiilatlon even outside her 

own show. ' 

She nicks the cuties BOc a call, 
dollar after midnight. 

Taming Critics 

Two picture reviewers who de- 
,mand everything from seats for. 
their hats to having their hands 
held by the ushers were socially 
manhandled at a projection room. 
preView last week. One after an- 
other they parked themselves in a 
front seat, only to be told "that seat 
Is reserved for Madame Glyn. ^ 

A holler went up over the relative 
importance of "critics" and. Madame 
Glyn but the seat stood reserved 
through, although madam c never 
showed. 



Brevity 

• A married couple separated by 
the ocean this Summer probably 
sent across and back the briefest 
series of ■ messages the cable has 
had to CiLr?:y^ The first was sent 
by the" husband Tn~7seW \ork;— It 
read: 

Coming back. 
Wife— Why? 
Husband— Because. 

Wife— Oh! 
Husband— Nuts. 

Xo .'loye" on any of - t.h.e mes- 
.•^aAcs. 

Peaches' $26 Tips 

J'cadies Browning has .-spoiled 
llu' ..stage hands along he.r v-aude 
! route liv giving them $25 tips, 
t I'erformers who foUdwc-! 
I ,i,M.|iM-c tlie stage hands tousli to 
Kct along with after being .spoiled 
; ),y l>..!vhes. 



Long Distance Interview 

Hi'lon Rowland, sobbie for Klrii; 
Features, is to interview Vllma 
lianky and Ronald Colman by long 
distance phone Oct. 5 with the In- 
WvIFw =t:?J "^'bii^^^hroa d ea st-1 n 
Vork over WHN and later sent out 
: ;is syndicate matter. 
I - 

Crossed Congrats 
.SoiivfboUy'H idea; in M-G-M went 
amiss last week when approzi- 
matcly 50 actors, directors and ex- 
ecutives of the Culver City studio 
individually wired congratulations 
,to Delight Evans upon her becom- 



Lon^ Distance Dulls Memory 

A my.4tery .still un.solved Is^ the 
reported marriage, in late 1925, of 
a Broadway actress recently under- 
•'oing a serious operation. In Jan- 
.uary, 1927, afamlHar figur^on the^ 
Main Stem was sent"Jown to At- 
lanta on a two years', stretch, where, 
immediiitely succeeding his a.r- 
rival he received for -many weeks 
long tri-daily telogr.ams protesting 
eternal;' wifely fealty from the lady 
.concerned. 

After about two. months the wires 
died off, but his statement was he 
had been married to the actre-ss just 
before starting to serve hl» term. 
Alt.ho the gent has been back on 
Broadway for a year and a half 
the pair have n<jt been seen to- 
gothfr, wl)i<-h is whe.rf. the T)lot gets 
its tliii'kness. 

Working Hours 

Tlicalrc openintjs and handling 
Uie (Jtiiety and Globe are making 
(Jabt; York and Frank Seltzer, .spe- 
cial publicists for Fox, put in hours 
thut run from nine in the morning 
until four tlie next. Ifandllng the 
. Poll- - clii'.i ri._Js.. a.l^o... a „part_.o f ._.th clr 



Though advertising for 100 men, 
women and children who might like 
to become film players, that Is hot 
the sole purpose of the i'rimus Pic- 
lures corp., 22^> We.st -IRth .stre<;t,' 
according to vice-pre,'^i(l';ut A. bar- 
leho. 

Mr. Sarleno says that after pro- 
curing a cast, Ills company will 
make a picture, and if that proves 
successful, it .will make another. 

When queried on di.<trthutibn, 
Sarlenb stated his company Is not 
worrying about that and probably 
won't until the picture is completed- 
The new outfit attrat;tod attention 
with throwaways passed out in 
Times Square last Week and Is . un- 
der investigation It has estab- 
lished It.self in a small suite of of- 
fices at the 46th street address. 

Several applicants were awaiting . 
Interviews. Daniel Pompeii, the 
president, was not around. Sarleno 
and another brunet gentleman who 
later said his name was Oino Cata- 
inno, do not speak Knglish fluently. 
They gradually get the drift by . 
serving a,s interprctdr for each . 
other. 

. Much time- is consumed over in- 
consequential questions when the 
boys start to ad lib in the manner 
of Chinese singles who roll off half 
a minute of fast talk In their n.ative 
tongue and explain, "That, means 

'No'." ■ • ■ ■ 

Discovering Talent 

As Sarleno explained, his com- 
pany is under the impression that 
by discovering talented novices it 
will eliminate the high cost of en- 
gaging established players. A con- 
test Is now running, with the win- 
ners to have roles in the company's 
first production, he said. 

There is no fee for registration in 
the contest- The requirement is a 
photograph of the contestant. 
Should the contestant hiive no 
photo, one will be supplied at $10 
per, 

"What the iOO survivors may be 
taxed before or at the finish of the 
conteist was not expla Ined. 

Title of the picture will be 
"Martyrs of Love." That .seems the 
only point definitely settled to date. 

A famous director has been 
coaxed away froni Lux & Luse, the 
Italian producing company. Sarleno 
and the dark gentleman said,: but 
they could not remember the fam- 
ous director's name at first. It 
finally came out as Giha Catalan©. 
I^itaer the dark gentleman said that 
Is his name, too, and that he is the 
famous director whose name he 
couldn't remember at first. 

4,500 or 45,000 
Catalano fiirthor stated ^omc of 
the initial picture has already been 
completed. Between 4,500 and 45,- 
000 feet, he didn't know exactly, 
lie's only the director. 

Though much of the film has been 
made,, the cast has not been 
selected, according to the promot- 
ers. 

Catal'a'ho remarked that "the film 
business Is controlled by the Jewish 
people," though he did not voice an 
objection; 



Neither Pompeii nor Sarleno has 
been previously identified With tlie 
picture business. At first Catalano 
seemed to know nothing about the 
racket, but later Identified himself 
with considerable modesty am the 
famous director.. 

Prlmu.s .haia sold no slo'jk, it was 
stated, and Is finah<:ed )>y members 
of the company. The only appar- 
ent income at present is the $10 
for single photos. 



glorified was planning a reconcilia- 
tion with Bob Kice, her jazz beau, 
wiih f}eoi'ge Olsen's band. 

Ihit Helen and Aaron are hoo^y- 
ing ahoiU perfect soul sym-hreniza- 
tioii. 



work. 

Soul Harmony Hooey 

Helen Henderson threat "lis ^ti- 
otlier recomiliation with h'-r CO- 
year-old ex. ihe Balto rilute. Aaron 
Beneseh, who is oi.l 100 g's on a 
cash settlement. They're Atlantii- 
Cltying again ..•if1"r .■.onslderible ro- 
mantic ado tliat the ex- 'Follies 



No Coat Room "tipfi 

"I'ercy'.s acooniiiiodation," naive- . 
ly exclaims the comely coat room 

-SliM"=-T^^t""l''n*cy^s'^new-u'estaur,'i.iitT-as- 
i^lie sidesteps tips. It's an altogether 
new gag in New York rest.aurants. 
Percy's is on 6th avenue, near 59th 
.street, one. of the most bounteously 
furnlslied e.'iterles In the city. It 

'lool<s as though the mob will go 
for It. Fii^h siic'-inltles \\i\h grill. 
l,.-idf.« 45 ft y\Mcr bar, and no- 

's.-ll. 



48 



VARIETY 



WOMEN'S PAGE 



Wednesday, October 3, 1928 



Remarks at Random 

By Nellie Revell 



May Tojie. the former Lady I'Yanols Hope of London, EnRlanil. but 
now Mrs. .Tan .Smuts of Dorohostor, Mass., prepares to return to tho_ 
stape. She Is now in New York City completing arriuij?oment,s foV the 
presentation of a one-act sketch in wliich she Intend.', to appear in in 
viaudeville. 



Mr. and Mrs. Howard Thurston arp happy In the realization of a Ions 
cherished dream. tha,t of havinB their young daughter, Jane, join tliem 
In their show. This is her flrst s6ason, having just completed her .school- 
ing. She made her debut at the Colonial, Boston, last week, appearing: 
with her father in a magic act and In a sjinging and dancing turrt of 
her own. 



Ernest and Arthur Otto^who up to a few yeivrsi a;go \yere German 
comedians in vaudeville, have left the stage flalv- Ernest owns a sand- 
wich tiar In Boston and Arthur is in the insurance business In New York. 
There are two sisters, Elizabeth and Kitty, who have also' forsaken the 
footlights. Kitty has retired to prlv^ life and Elizabeth assists Urnest 
in the sandwich shop and works clubs on the side. Their brother, Frank 
pttp, still represents the family in the profession. 

•Carl Stowe, another trouper of days gone by, is now conducting the 
orchestra at. the State Ball Room, Boston. 

Dicky Mai-tin, the well-known columnist on the, New York Globe, will 
be in advance, of Prank Craven in "The 19.th Hole," taking tlie berth 
left vacant • by Itobert Harlow. Mr. Harlo'w Journeys to Australia to 
manage the golrirg tour of Walter Hagcn, 

Many will grieve to hear that blonde little Frieda Davis, who con- 
ducted the, "Cindorolla" column and did intei-views for the Hear.st papers 
in 'Boston, has passed awixy after a long illness. 

Florists in the vicinity of the Hotel Bellevue are lo'oking fo^^yard. to 
■good sales in, grvrdeniasr beginning next week. Word has reached their 
ears that Tunis F. Dean, the dobonnriir boulevardier of . press agents., will 
make gay the portals of the.ol* Hollis St. theatre, where he will In- 
stall "The Bachelor Father" for Eelasco, 

Ann Ford, foVmerly assistant to Philip. Hale of the Bo.ston Herald, 
is handling the local publicity for the Keith-Albee combination iii Bos- 
ton. This comprises the Keith Boston theatre and the now Keith 
Memorial theatr€^, which is . in process of construction. Mis.s Ford is 
the Boston correspondent for the New York Times. 



Womenfolks 

By Mdlly Gray 



Freedom of Speech 

There hasn't been such divine for- 
giveness on earth in 1900 .years as 
displayed by Alec B. Francis in 
"The Lion and the Mouse.": Lionel 

I. ' ■ 

l^arrymore's perf(^ct performance 
would convert any anti-audible into 
giving the films a constitutional 
freedom of speech. 

May McEvoy too. She looks lovely 
in a velvet ensemble, dark. A 
three-quarter length cape was edged 
with kolinsky fur, also carried di- 
agonally from shoulder to hip on 
the gown. A two-piece isatin had 
set-in sleeves shirred at shoulder 
and .wrist, neck shirred and bottom 

of blouse embroideried In a darker 
shade. . 



On Bbstoh Common 

Howa;rd Herrick, ahead of "Take the Air." . 

Townsend Walsh, heralding Madge Kennedy in "Paris Bound." 

Douglas Bronson, managerialing "^Just a Minute." 

Sam Stratton, exploiting "The Queen's Taste." 

Harry Bryant, back with "Hold Everything!" 

Sam Cohen, money-minder for "The Queen's 'Taste." 

Al Butler, "The Silent House" soon. 

J. J. Shubert, here for the opening of "The Queen's Taste." 
Paula Patterson, mother of George Holland, conducting Society. Page 
on Boston Post. 



As It Is 



Clara Bow looks as| though she 
had gained 15 pounds in "The Fleet's 
In." A tight bra:sslere doesn't, help. 
If Mr. Shulberg doesn't watch her 
calories, she'll have to begin wear- 
ing underclothes and work In pic- 
tures which have a story. The flicks 
aren't going to steam over this one. 
They've seen all it has right in a 
Turkish bath, knees, curves and 
creases. No laugjis. No sympathy. 
No dramatics. 

It won't help Clara and it might 
hurt her. After all, the boys can 
get this stuff for a penny In the 
movlescope arcades. 



For the Flaps 

"Lonesome," at the Colony, is a 
picture aimed right at the hearts 
of the flappers. It glorifies pick-ups 
and holds out hope for every beaux- 
less phone girl. . 

It's the girls who know loneliness. 
The men have poolrooms. 

And- every girl has shared in 
some degree the misery of little 
Barbara Kent when she sees every 
other girl with her own^iobler jelly- 
bean. Barbara is just grand for 
the women. Her prettiness Is the 
plain, attainable kind. 

And her istory shows that a. girl 
can find happiness even if she has 
a bad start and a slightly Imperfect 
profile. It's, a good picture. 



shop. David Rollins Is a football- 
playing juvenile. The romanti|c 
theme is faint and languishing. 
Even a final clinch Is sidestepped 
because the hero has a "cbbd in the 
hebd." 

No love stuff and a hero with a 
sniffle!, *'Wln That Girl" won't. 



2 Women for 1 Man 

. Barbai'a Bedford and Jacqueline 
God.sen both want the same man in 

'The City of Purple Dreams." Re- 
sult is more a crazy quiU than, a 
rainbow. : . 

Barbara very good though all she 
got was sympathy after saving the 
hero twice. Her black cloth coat 
had collar and wide reveres of 
squirrel, black felt hat especially be- 
coming. . , ; 

Jacqueline wore a squirrel wrap 
with collUr and cuffs of grey fox 
and her favprlte frock was of chif- 
fon, black pleated . skirt, flowered 
blouse whose girdle tied, in a . bow 
in front. She wore it several times 
as most women do. 



Only costumes that got any foot- 
age, in "Plastered in Paris" were the 
harem Ones and they are of no in- 
terest except to designers for bur- 
lesque shows. Lola Salvl didn't, 
seem quite bewitching enough to 
hold a man to a ten-year absentee 
engagement against the well known 
•American competition. She had a 
brief moment in white lace and 
wide-brimnled hat. 



Ritzy 



Girls, See This One 

The Capitol gets a picture next 
week which should set the femme 
customers all a-flutter. "Our Danc- 
ing Daughters." The title doesn't 
niatter. It's hot. 

Modern views;' Girls Who stay 
sweet but act wild. Cheating wives. 
Stacombed sheiks. And. clothes 
which beat a whole fashion parade. 

It not only gives the girls ideas 
for the moonlight, but it suggests 
later alibis for mamma and papa. 

And Joan Crawford gives Clara 
Bow a fast run in a typical Bow 
role. Any fchime who doesn't swal- 
Tow'tKTs'Tnce'^ir'fu dg 
have been working In "Pleasure 
Man." 



Wrong "Win" 

Flick appeal is zero in "Win That 
Girl," Fox's late contribution to the 
library of football films. Most girls 
have forgotten the difference be- 
tween a touchdown and a drop kick. 
And the plot neglects romance for 
the .sensonable game. Sue Carol is 
A collegiate flap wlio runs the sweot- 



At the Fifth Avenue 

Josle Carole, at the Fifth Avenue, 
gets her cent's worth out of a scale. 
"Down Home," a black and tan 
company, could have started a flre 
by friction with the stage floor; 
speed was no word for the dancing. 

Melba Sisters, in simple taffeta 
frocks, played "Among My Souve- 
nirs" on suspended liquor bottles. 
Quite touching, intentionally or not. 

Gertrude Olmstead's flrst appear- 
ance was In black satin, "The Hit 
of the Show," the dull side with 
only a narrow e4ge of the shiny ma- 
terial showing on the hip length 
cape and hem iand pointed fox trail- 
ing after her. A dark frock had a 
striking pattern of dlffeirent col- 
ored triangles and had the fullness 
all in front of the skirt. Gertrude 
Aster's opening night costume was 
of white, elaborately beaded, and a 
cape of black spangles collared in 
mixed ostrich. 



Edith Roberts and "-The Man 
from Headquarters" parted at the 
pier with nothing more touching 
thari a penciled promise froriti her 
andf'a deep sigh from him. Film an- 
archy! .Not a kiss in the feature, 
Edith had a rather different coif- 
fure, both ears covered, but One 
waved, covering much of her cheeic 
drawn closely, the other loosely 
The chinchilla trimming her bro- 
cade wrap appeared to be a narrow 
roll all around the edge, the double 
tier of bead fringe on the gown un- 
der It had a heading of beads in a 
lattice design. All that backed this 
gown was crossed stri^pjcrs of rhine 
stones. With a long string of white 
coral she had earrings to match. 



r^.^Mary.=Astor-=make?-a,^perfcGb-atory. 
book princes." in "Heart to Heart." 
Her cameolike feattires are just 
suited to flaring lace collars, gor- 
geously jeweled trains and tiaras 
are equally at home on- her. But 
the picture goes to Louise Fazenda; 
everybody could have named her 
from among their friends. Pa should 
patent his invention for painting 
that "no nian's land" .spot on the 
floor. Simple, Nvholcsonie and thor 
oughly enjoyable. 



Screen Tops Hip Stage 

Strange to relate, the Hippodrome 
has a better screen than stage show 
this Week. Mel K.lee's Reyue has 
twelve pretty girls, attractively cos- 
tunied and about three laughs, one 
of which -was so old It had already 
Appeared Jn the "Topics of; the Day" 
on the same bill. The nine girls in 
the line were dressed always In the 
abbreviated style, whether white 
crepe blouses studden with beads 
and orange velvet pants and high 
hats or in green silk fringe with 
satin bodices bead trimmed. 

On the principals a good-looking 
ensemble was of yellow silk flgured 
boldly in black; a simple white 
crepe with two rows of large scal- 
lops at the hem was dainty and a 
scarlet taffeta with hat, short gloves 
and shoes matching was absolutely 
fitting to sing "Harlem" in. The 
girls' street dresses were smart, too, 
one a red suit with striped over- 
blouse, red and black on white, and 
another of jersey in shades of 
brown. 

Betsy Lee, apparently a novice, 
takes all the honors from Corliss 
Palmer and Jocelyn Lee in "The 
Night Bird,'* which is amusing and 
camera educating. Betsy ma kes a n 
admirable Italian girl, capturing 
Reginald Denny in' her old shawl and 
long braids, where Miss Palmer in 
an extreme model in taffeta,, with 
bustle feffect, and all the comehither 
arts failed. The costume Miss Pal- 
mer wore to the ball consisted of a 
few important, beads and a large 
chain around her "upper arm. 



People who l;now Ganna W;ll.ska 
when she lived unpretentiously In 
Ni;\v y^rk, as the wife of Dr. Joseph 
PYaenkel, never coa.se marvelling! 
Of poor Poll.sh parents,. Walska 
married and divorced Baron Arcadie 
d'Kingorn. who waf killed In the 
war. Aft'^r tlie death of Fraenkel, 
.she called at the Plaza Hotel, and 
introduced herself to Hai'old Mc- 
cormick, Chicago millionaire; at 
that time^ . istlll married to Eiilth 
Rockefeller, daughter of John D. 
VVal.ska sought employment with 
the Chicago Opera, With which Mc- 
Cormick vvas a.ssoeiated. Later Mc- 
Cormick .sailed for E^urope. Walska 
was on the same .ship. 'So was 
Alexander Smith Cochran^ New 
York millionaire. McCormlck In- 
troduced the two. . Before long they 
married, and Cochran gave .her $5,- 
000,000. Walska (Jlvor-ced him, and 
married McCormlck, who gave her 
another ?!>,000,000, Before this mar- 
riage McCormlck underwent a gland 
operation. 

Still, W;aldka wanted to sing! She 
tried opera here and abroad, with 
scant encouragement. She bought 
a theatre in Paris, and opened a 
perfume shop. She returne^d to New 
York, . and the.: customs officers 
seized jewels and furs valued at 
$2.500,00.0. While She has boon liv- 
ing in Paris, McCormick remained 
in Chicago. Ills flist wife, Mrs. 
liockefellfer McCorriiick, also lives 
in. Chicago.:. She has taken up 
Chrl.stian Science. A daughter, 
Mathilde, when • 17; married Max 
Oser, Swiss riding-master, old 
enough to be her father. ^A.nothe,r 
daughter, Miiriel. went oil the .stage. 
The .son, Fowler, wantiod, to niarry 
Ann, daughter of the sensationally 
sei)arated and reunited James A. 
Stillnians, but Ann miarrled a New 
York millionaire, Henry . P.. Dav- 
ison. 

Hal oid's brother,. ' Cyrus H. Mc^ 
Cormlck, a Widower, possessed of 
millions, married Alice Holt, his 
secret.ary. His daughter-in-law, 
Mrs. Cyrus H. McCormick, Jr., last 
spring joined. Stuart Walker's 
dramatic stock in Cincinnati, pro- 
r'-amed as Mary Butler. 



An entertaining show at the State. 
Frank Do bson and his four girls, 
with no change of costume, tickled 
the audience. 

Juvenile Steppers have different 
frocks and new silver curtains. 
Opening in white satin made with 
circular skirts trimmed only with 
bows of narrow yellow ribbon on 
the front, they changed to shieer ruf- 
fles, each girl a different color, and 
finally green velvet trunks and white 
silk blouses. Tarns matched the 

^elyet^ -6|E''§^S9r'^- S^5JEJ— ^£?iS^ 
with Till "costumes. ■ 'VFour^Walls'' 
bringing hordes of Gilbert fans. 



MARKERT'S ST. LOUIS TROUPE 

Some 10 ballet girls from St 
Louis arrive in. town this week for 
a new Russell Markert unit. They 
worked for Markert when he was in 
that city. All the Markert girls In 
"Ruin or Shine" are al.so from Mis 
souri. 



Sophie Left Flat 

Sophie Tucker announced that 
after Lady Mountbaitten visited the 
Cornelius . Vanderbllt's at Newport 
she .would join the "Red Hot Mama" 
at the Park Central. But her lady- 
.ship has come to, the Savoy-Plaza 
Instead. Lady . Sophie Wavertree 
then visited the Vanderbilts. 

Perhaps Miss Sophie can now 
concoct some publicity with Lady 
Sophie! The latter Is married to 
Baron Wavertree, noted English 
turfman. He owned Minoru, which 
Won the Derby fOr King Edward. 
Wavertree, riding his own horse, 
also won the House of Conimons' 
lightweight polntrto-point steeple- 
chase. 



Lillian Lorraine's Debut 

When it was announced that Lil- 
lian Lorraine was ill at the '■ Park 
West Hospital, several showgirls of- 
fered their blood for transfusion, 
and got their pictures in the tab- 
loids. Grace La Rue also offered 
a transfusion, and The Mirror 
stated "she received her Introduc- 
tion to Broadway, and her oppor- 
tunity' in the show business" through 
Miss • Lorraine. However,, both 
have been on the stage since child- 
hood, and Miss La Rue reached 
Broadway before Mlsa Lorraine; 
Grace acted with Julia Marlowe in 
18.93. For years she was of the 
vaudeville team, Burke and La .Rue: 
In 1906 she was in, "The Blue Mbon," 
at the Casino, and waia prima 
donria in "The Follies of 1907." 
Miss Lorraine was in "The Gay 
White Way," with Blanche Ring, in 
1908, and was prima donna in "The 
Follies" oC 1909-10-11. She di- 
vorced Frederick Greshelmer, and 
was reported engaged to Frank Mo- 
ran, the pugilist. Of recent years 
she has had troubles and reverses^ 
She fell and injured her spine. Her 
trunks were held a few months ago 
by a. hotel In 45th street, and she 
went to live at Astoria, L. L She 
has been known as Brennaju her 
mother's maiden name. 



Cornell, manager of the Majestic, 
in Buffalo. She. acted in New' York 
in 1916, with the Washington Square 
Players, but made her first hit In 
"Nice People," along with Tallu-. 
lah Bankhead, In support of Fran- 
cine Larrlmore, In 1921. Later .she 
became p. .star. 

Al Woodig lately announced Mc- 
Cllntic and Miss Cornell would co- 
star In a two-role ixlay, "Jealousy." 
to open in Los Angeles. From Cali- 
fornia came word Miss Cornell was 
taken ill, and Fay Bal.ntcr and 
Glenn Hunter would play the parts. 
In New York Hunter withdrew. 
Miss Bialnter, and McCllntic opened 
out of town. Now the play has 
been withdrawn through McCllntic 
leaving. Miss Cornell is to star in 
a dramatization of "The Age; of 
Innocence." Glen Hunter is in vau- 
deville, in his Own playlet, "Driven." 



Lili Darnita's Escorts 

Much has been made of the aris- 
tocratic escorts of Lili Damlla, 
movie actress, now in Hollywood, 
especially n;s, after she had been es- 
corted for some time past by Duko 
Louis de Vallombrosa, he departed 
from California and proceed'jd t6 
New Yoi'k at the. same tlnie Prince 
George, son of king George, and 
ycun.'ter brother of the Prince of 
Wales, arrived. In Los Angeles. 

The Duke, who makes his hom& iji 
Paris. -Is a brother of Mrs. Marie 
Joseph Pichon, of Paris, and Of 
Count Paul de Vallombi-osa, Count 
Paul wais married In New Yorlt last 
winter to Mr.s. Walter Goidbeck, 
Originally Ruth. Brower,. daughter 
of William S. Brower, an electrician, 
Ruth was, a stenograi)her In New 
York, later . posing for Goidbeck, 
portrait-painter, whom she then 
married, They lived for several years 
at 70 West 45th street. When Gold- 
beck died the widow settled In Paris 
and entered business with Yvonne 
Davidson. 

The Count was at one time re-, 
ported engaged to Viola Cross, Paris 
dressmaker, formerly Viola Kraus, 
of New York, who figured in the 
El well murder case. The Count and 
Countess spent their honeymoon at 
Palm i3each as guests of Anita Loos 
(Mrs. John Emerson). The Count 
and the Duke arc half-American, as 
their mother, the late M.arquise An- 
tolne de Mores, was . Medora Hoff- 
mian, of New York, daughter of the 
late Louis Hoffman. 

The Duke, who, first met LIU 
Damlta In Paris, where she also 
met Prince George, is a member of . 
the house of Morgan, Harjes & Co., 
Paris branch of J. P. Morgan & Co. 
He is a Harvard gradtiate. 



Doubt on McClintio 

It seems doubtful that Guthrie 
McCllntic will ever act on Broad- 
way. Years ago he acted with 
Grace George and in a Jessie Bon- 
stelle stock company. "Then he be- 
came assistant to Wlnthrop Ames, 
remaining some time. Ames backed 
him as producer of "The Dover 
Road" in 1921. He married Kath- 
erioe Cornell, daughter of Peter 



SIR JOE'S SUMMER 

(Contlntied from page 45) 

seph, "but he wouldn't tell me which 
talking pictures. Mrs. Wlllfe said 
that the bes* talking pictures are 
being made in Hollywood, but she 
dUn't offer me carfare. And the 
dinner that night . didn't taste so 
good, either." 

"What do you have to do in talk- 
ing pictures? Mr. Willie said if I 
wore all of my medals that would 
be a panic, but I want , to talk if 
they are going to pay me for talk- 
ing. I could sing 'Melody Out of the 
Sky,' like Al Jolson, but Mr. Willie 
told- me to stop that Jolson Imita- - 
tation l do or I would put my pal-. 
Al, out of the business. 

Paid Lay-off 

"And as I don't dare imitate Mr. 
Willie any more because Mrs, Wil- 
lie, doesn't like it, I can't make up 
my mind what to do for' the talking 
picture people. Mr. Willi© said I 
mlg^ht hang around the. studios and 
get paid for laying off, but I want 
to work." 

Sir Joseph was assured he had 
spoken pretty roughly against peo- 
ple who evidently were nice to him; 
despite What they thought person- 
ally of the Great Sir Joseph, but Sir 
Joe was unperturbed. 

"Don't worry," said he. "I do 
plenty for those Howards, Don't 
I go everywhere they do and with- 
out kicking, and don't I oat Mrs. 
Willie's cooking the same way?" 

Sir Joseph said he has again 
sfafted"^fo^lIvc=iJS^Wesf^46tR^mt^^t;^ 
where he had establlsheil a seven 
weeks' rooming house credit. After 
he has practiced up wearing a new 
monocle, blank on one side, that 
Mr. "VVilll© had given him for a La- 
bor Day present, he would call at 
Variety's office and show off. Sir 
Joe stated. 

Meanwhile he once more asked 
not to quote him on what he ln'1 
said about the Howards. 



Wednesday, October 3> 1928 



EDITORIAL 




KIETY 

Trade Mark Registered 
pabllshea Weekly by VARIETY, toe. 
Sine Silverman, Preoldent 
164 West 46th Street New Yorlt City 



SUBSCRIPTION: 

Annual.. .....110 Foreign 

Sin ffia Coplee. . t .aj_Ceiita 



A Friend of the Show Business 



jiharges do' not prevail among cimerahien on the west coast. 

* On returning to the home studio the cameraman was asked to return 
the money ho had received in overtime. The cameraman failed to see 
the point. His employment on the lot was terminated when the pic- 
ture was finished. 



Vol. XCII. 



No. 12 



15 YEARS AGO 

(From Variety and Clipper) 

Independents Who had ifprced con 
cessions from the "trust" received 
a "setback whoh the ,Edison-Bibr 
graph intere.stB bcg^an a price war, 
offering two-reel features at a 
maximunri of $16 a day against the 
price of $36 to |50 charged for in- 
dependent multiple-reelers. 



A crusade against the San Fran- 
cisco Barbary Coast, which had 
been gathering force for some time, 
wa.s near Its igoal. Dut to local 
feeling that the old district would 
Interfere with tliel success of the 
Panama-P'aciflc Exposition, rule 
was made effective divorcing danc- 
•Ing ft-om strong drink in the tough 
resorts, which, of course, spelled 
ruin. 



It's a hit unique to hear a nominee for the Presidency of this country 
declare he is a friend of the show business. That is what JdX- Smith 
Ktated in his letter, written to and printed in Variety last week. 

Since that is so unique in the annals of the show buslrtess and so like 
Al Smith, whom the people are daily linding out says what he thinks, 
it loaves not one . thing to.be said otherwise to the show business, all 
of it, in favor of Smith for President. He said more In that brief re- 
mark about the stage and screen than all of the trade could say for him. 

Those of the theatre, In every one of Its branches, regardless of in- 
dividu<al belief or personal leaning, can but decide that if Al Smith 
goes to "Washington, the show business has' a friend in the "White 
"House. It covers everybody; takes in everything. 

The show business has been kicked about plentifully for many years. 
Mainly because it never properly organized to secure political recogni- 
tion. It had to gain friends, if friends, iii the arena of politics the best 
way it could. Usually ther'e has been but one way. 

Now comes Al Smith and voluntarily, because he feels that way and 
always has, as his intimates have known, to assert himself as friendly 
toward, show business, whether he Is or is not elected. It Isn't because 
that, friendship could or would be used by or for the show business, or 
that Pi-esident Smith could or would do anything for the show business 
it did not deserve or was not entitled to, but it's, pretty nice for the 
show bu.sirioss to be aware that Al Smith is with, it, in or out of "Wash 



It's probably the first time since there was a film industry that 
all divisions of it may be found socially ropi"oscntod under one roof. That 
is at the Picture Club in the Boni building daily. "Whether it js the 
fast dovelo'ping popularity of the club or the swiftly moving picture 
business that has squared everything between everybody, and y/ith all 
on one level, no one attempts to analyze. But it's there daily to be 
seen in the clubrooms, presenting a condition .and situ.ation especially 
as to exhibitors and distributors, thought impossible but a few years 
back.- 



When First N.ational'9 "Whip" played at the Stm.n(L New Yo^k, it 
"was peculiarly noted that while the express trains In the picture were 
emphasized by sound, no such attention h.ad been given to the big horse 
race and scene of the picture. . It is popularly believed that .there Js 
always a thrill In^ tlie sbund of beating hoofs. 

One of tho independent producers who,, has coYitlnUed. work on his. 
schedule regardless of slowing or clfising down by competitors pending 
clearance of the situation regarding sound has m.ado an agreement with, 
his distributor and the latter in turn with its exch.ange buyers. 

If producer and distributor so desire a print may bo withdrawn from 
an exchange fo"r synchronization and pictures contracted for 
made may be treated for sound or dialog as the producer and dis- 
tributor may determine. 



show bu.sincss to be aware that Al Smith is with, it, in or out of Wash- 1 A story in Variety last week stated th.at^Fox^ is after 
ington or in or out of politics. For if Al Smith is elected Presdent, and picture theatres over the country, and Jnt^"<l«*t ^° .V^^^ 
v.J^>, ^ *^ «u _:»u* -^w., 1 :v,„„ rru^„„ fl„i,ir,,»r, fi-mri +hv» storv. would be mdlo cxhlbltors now 



"Taxi dancing," popular already 
In the West was Introduced at the 
DansS d'Hiver, liug'e ballroom in the 
Fox Audubon buildings It was es- 
timated that the toll per dance 
brought In gross equal to what 
would have been received at a 75c 
admission. Entrance free. 



he seems to have an excellent chance right noW, with improvemient of 
that chance very possible, there is going to be a man In Washington 
the reformers will never run ragged. 

Therefore to the show business it is immaterial If Prohibition is tho 
biggest thing'in this campaign, which it is, or if the bigotry of America is 
powerful enough to prevail, or if the women will be unwomenly enough 
to take an "unfair position, or the farmoi-s will sway the result; all the 
show business cares, or should, is. the opportunity at last to cast a 
vote for a Presidential candidate who did not .sidestep the opportunity 
to go on record as a friend of the .show business. 

Not a single perso'n In the show business can disregard or afford to 
overlook that when ca,sting a vote. 

Inside Stuff-Pictures 



Keith's new National, Boston, 
Bought permission to stage a public 
dance on the stage following the 
show, but the Boston censor turned 
thumbs down on the Idea,, ruling 
it against public morals. 



"Today," problem play adapted 
from the Yiddish by George Broad- 
hurst, was near production. This 
play started a vogue of forcing In- 
different dramatic successes 
through sensational advertising" 
campaigns. Play was generally 
condemned by . the reviewers, biit 
was nursed into a run by contro- 
Tersial booming. Ha.rry Relchen- 
bach pre.^9-agented it for Harry 
Von Tllzer. 



"Romance" with Doris Keane 
Impended at the Princess, New 
York, the first starring venture of 
tliat actress. 



Two new thea,tres, and to be among the largest yet on Broadway; are 
the Strand (MarkStahley) and the newest Paramount on the New York 
theatre site. If it is definitely decided upon for a new Strand, its 
capacity will be around 5,800. Paramount's idea for the New York re- 
placement Is a house holding ©"ver 6,000. 

Moe Mark Is. reported up against the problem of replacing his Strand 
while the latter is on a big money profit gait. The Strand of recent 
months has been averaging, low, a net weekly profit of from .?n5,000 to 
$20,000. Overheaded as It Is at present, the Strand Is the lowest of the 
big B'way houses. To throw that profit aside to erect the new huge 
one would cost the Strand not only the near-one million lost profit during 
the 10 months of construction, but interest, etc., on the new Investment. 
Additional space for the Strand's enlargement was secured som.fe time 
ago by Mark, 

F'aramo'unt is reported having the completed plans for the proposed 
new house,' diagomally opposite it's present Paramount of 3,600 capacity. 
About a year's time Is estimated to erect the structure. 
. Meanwhile reports persists that Roxy has an Idea and site for a new 
thGatre, to seat 6,600, on iBroadway, but not reported altogether for a 
picture policy. Roxy's ideas fo'r the new house have been vaguely rer 
peated. They have come mostly from casual comment Roxy himself 
has made as to his future Intentions. 



them. These • floldmen, from the story, would be indlo exhibitors^ now 
associated with Fox . or to' belong to that organization, . through house 

annexation mostly. ' « 

Warner Brothers is another chain operator with the same objective. . 

Warners may go after the indie houses in the same manner. 

Reports coming in to Now York ,soy that Chain already has men 

in the field looHing after the indio theatres in spots, with proposals to 

^'^Fox^^nd Warners' best buying arguinent; appears to be that they wjll 
do business with the indie cxhibs <jn a caslvbaSls. ^Indies aa^-J ^yie In 
the past when approached to sell or merger heard about everything but.- 
coin. 

.. Arthur and Lewis Bard are unlikely to get the reported $200,000 In 
their litigation against Far West Theatre Corporation, one of W.est 
Coast Theatres subsidiaries, The amount the Bards wiU eventually 
get iis a result of their Superior Court action against Far W^est Is 
reported at about $2,000. . . - ^ -n,T.,o* . rk«o 

The action involved some Bard theatres, property of Far West.^ One 
of the Bards was formerly in . the employ of the corporation but ^was 
fired by Harold B. Franklin and an injunction to restrain him Ijrom 
attempting to disturb the peaceful operations at these theatres Is still. 

^^Despfte many cross-complaints by Bard, West Coast Is still In control 
of its subsidiary. 

Around 1,200 Publix theatres are getting In, back of the American Red 
Cross in a drive to raise $250,000 to $500,000 from the houses alone for 
sufferers in the recent Florida hurrlca,ne. ^ 

The cahipalgn was an Idea of Benny Serkowlch, special press agent for 
Publix, and has been endorsed by Sani Katz and Adolph Zukor. 

Piiblix-Blank position In the DakOtas and Nebraska appears to be 
the same as previously. Abe Blank is operating with assistance from 
Publix In the two largest cities of the chain, Omaha and Des Molnw- 
A hitch lately occurred in the deal whereby Publix was to have pur- 
chased Blank's other 50 per cent of the circuit. At present It s as be- 
fore, 60-50 between them. 

Columbia has changed. Its plan^, for wiring "Submarine" under th^ 
Photophone process. It Is being fjynchrohlzed on the Western Electric 
principle for general release. : First run exhibition at Embassy, New 
York, la unwired. 



50 YEARS AGO 

From {"Oiippcr") 



Apropos of the new. season being 
now in full swing, Clipper lists 30 
major places of amusement open In 
New York. Among them are: Legit 
houses, Standard, Broadway, Fifth 
Avenue, Booth's. Grand opera house. 
Park, Lyceum, Union Square, Wal- 
lack's, Niblo's, Bowery and Ger- 
mania. Principal variety houses: 
Cremorna, Brigriton, Argyle, St. 
James, Olympic, Pastor's, Comique, 
Stadt, Miner's New, Volkes G^irden, 
London and Tivoll. Lesser places 
. made up .the total ef 30. 



I 



Yellow fever epidemic continued 
In the south. Nine actors and act- 
resses were reported down* 



Longest ring battle on record In 
London, j. Fowler iand "T. Hawkins 
fought 63 rounds taking up nearly 
three h^purs. Issue still In balance 
"When darkness fell and fight stop- 
ped. Thby went back at It several 
days later and battled another two 
hours to a draw. 



Predictions made about two years ago were that, the picture houses 
of this country were heading into three big. chains. They were then 
classed as Loew and Publix (Paramount) together, Keith and Orpheum 
with others, and Fo'x heading ah independent chain for the remainder. 

The interjection of the Warner Brothers within the past year as a 
most potent factor In the picture bu.slness, all ends, has changed that 
line up, also the manner In which Fox has expanded as a theatre oper- 
ator. 

Now It looks like four chains are due; Fox, by Itself; Warners, by 
themselves; Publix-Loew possibility, and again an independent chain, 
perhaps this time headed by Universal or grouped by themselves. 

Meanwhile Fox and Warners are out for the Independents of the 
nation. It's no new idea to corral the indies. Its bar up to this time has 
been to get the indies to do business, although the number of Indie 
exhibs has been steadily reduced through affiliation with chains. A 
large bunch remaln.s. , , „ 

Fox appears to have gotten the idea of going after the Indies on a 
wholesale buying plan from his successful negotiations with the New 
York independent exhibitors. The plan of gathering In the New Yorkers 
is said to have been given to William Fox by Bill Brandt, of the Brandt 
Brothers of Brooklyn, Indies, now with Fox. The Brandts have 11 

llO VISAS' . ... .^L.- L^,^^ , • ,- ■ - _ / ^. • , ^ - - - ■ • - . - •_ ■_ 

In the race for house supremacy In a producer's own support. Fox 
has a very good start. Warners so' far are likewise in exceUent shape, 
through its talker product Is self assertive in creating a demand 
amongst all exhibitors, chain or indie, with wired theatres. 

The mammoth Idea of a producer protecting himself for distribution 
with its own theatre circuit originated with Adolph Zukor. for Famous 
Players-Lasky, now Paramount, and with Its chain houses know» as 
Publix Theatres. It was but one of the many creations Mr. Zukor 
placed Into the then growing picture business. - 



Inside StufMf audeviDe 



About a year ago the male half of a comedy team was stricken by 
blindn'.^ss. Treatment was expected to restore the sight, but^to date, 
the man has only been able to distinguish a little light. . Yet his wife, 
the feminine half of the duo, sticks to him and is his constant guide. 
The man continues to be as cheerful as he can under the. conditions and 
playing dates still hopeful that his sight will return as suddenly as It 

Another case of domestic loyalty Is that of the healthy vaudevllllan, 
long a comedy spoke In a standard ,raude turn, who married a pro- 
fessional For several years thoy wcrie not only happy, but enjoyed stage 
life as- well. This past year the wife 'became scribusly 111. Doctors 
expres.sed grave fears as to her recovery. The husband decided that her 
health, could be restored by living In a high, dry place, far from city . 

dirt and noises. , .... , ^ 

Up iri the Adirondacks where they Intend to spend the winter are this 
husband and wife with no immediate prospects of either returning to 
the stage. The woman's condition is considerably Improved. The hus- 
band turned down vaude and burlpsqub offers so that ho . could be at 
his wife's side. 



Sarah Bernhardt went up three 
times in Gilford's balloon in Paris 
as a publicity stUnt. 



The Brighton theatre. New York, 
was dedicated. House w-as on 
Broadway between 30th and 31st 
streets and apparently the same 
= l^tciv; kn jayji^as^thelJBi j oAi.^^^ 



Frank Bush was telling dialect 
stories at the Comique. 



J. K. Emmett retui^ed from an 
European tour during which he was 
reported to have grossed $17,500, his 
share being $8,750. 



Since it has admitted Inttf Its membership producer owned circuits 
thP M P T*©. A. has lost most of its active Independents. The step 
nevertheless 'is believed accountable for Pete Woodhull, titled president 
rnviting the A. M, P. A. to send a delegate to address the conclave at 
Toront? on "Exploitation.": This comes off toT three^ .days start Ing 
.Oct 16, Excepting the press agent talk, the program will be a replica 
of former years. 

From reports of Stanley Company ihen. attendance along that chain 
of picture houses has picked up markedly of late. There are over 100 
wired liouses at present on the Stanley circuit. The same men say the 
sea.son's prospects for Stanley are mo.st encouraging which will be good 
news to tho Stanley lay stockholders in Philadelphia. 
.^j;^|t;i^^.eomment^^as.made^rC£g3^ 
First Nationals or mergers, 

A west coa.st cameraman working with a unit sent from Los Angeles 
to' make a pTcturc in the east learned on his arrival In New York t 
woSf be necessary for him to take out a card in the local cameramen's 
Sn one of the provisions of his membership required him to ^charge 
?or ovorVime, This sum amounted the .firnt week to approximately $250 
1 knd the charge the second week nearly the same amount. Overtime 



It seemed very likely that In the. upward tilt of Keith's commo'n stock 
quotations for the past three weeks as manipulated by pool, that many 
of the Keith and Orpheum stockholders must have gotten out at a profit. 
Keith stockholders paid around 21 for their holdings. At oVer 30, an 
unexpected price, they probably got right put. Orpheum holders had 
bought their Orpheuin stock, later merged . with Keith, at prices- from 

^^j^^tTp" ran all over Times Square last week to buy Keith's; that It 
would go to 35 before turning. . . 

Some sadness might have pervaded the old regime's important ranks 
as they saw the Keith quotations go up, and knew they could noMeil. 
They had been bound by . the Kennedy pact not to dlspo.se of any Keith 
stock before Jan. 1, next. 

Reports are again abroad involving the possible tr*ansfer of the Simons 
(Chicago) Agency's field of operatlon.s to New York, Simons ha.s long 
been known to have rell.«^hcd eastern activity, preferring operating In 
Chicago, However, from ^talk in New York, the switch la still as fai 
away as ever. . 

Eddie Conrad claims a full week's salary from "Cross My Heart" from 
which he withdrew, succeeded by Don Barclay and tho matter will go 

^ Eqi^pr^w-ihrwi^r^igKr^fT^^ 

Conrad and Sammy Lee had a di.spute, the comedian stating he would 
quit as soon as another player could be gotten ready. On the night 
he left. the show Conrad demanded two weeks' salary, Joe Click the 

I company manager refusing. 

The claim for a full week was also turned down by the management 
which contended' thfU as Conrad agreed to leave the cast at any time, 
the usual two weeks' notice was not necessary. 



50 



VARIETY 



LEGITIMATE 



Wednesday, October 3, 1928 



Yiddish Producers Forced to Get 
Together for Mutual Protection 



Anothoc legit season on . the Kast 
Side for the Yiddish theatres, worso 
than. the. ^wo pi-fccding years wliich 
resulted in the loss of several bank- 
rolls, is ^^alling- forth the emergency 
brakes through means of the newly 
..formed Yiddish Theatre Managers' 
Protective Assooiatloh. 

To combat the various causes 
.drawing patronage .a\yay from the 
Yiddish theatre, one of the decisions 
.will result in increased production. 
The producers, and operators, faced 
by a crisis, are more inclined to 
work together. 

The M. P. A. has been empowered 
to decide the length of run of a 
sliQW, at what time it shall open 
and when ciosln.i?. To get more 
business there will be four or five 
new productions during the season 
in theatres where formerly but two 
or. three, the executives figuring to 
get the same patrons several times. 
. Strict measures will also be taken 
against producers inclined to copy 
Ideas from each other. This has 
given the productions a similarity 
In the past, not found healthy for 
the box oflice. 



Wealthy Doctor Likes 
His Own "Happy Days'* 

Los Angeles, Oct. 2,. 
. .Richard Carle and Max Dill will 
flucceed Fields and Johnson as pro- 
fessional comedians in "Happy 
Days," the current attraction at the 
Mayan next. week. This show was 
originally written by Dill and Dr. 
Charles McGettlgen, San Francisco 
physician. . 

br, McGettigen is wealthy and 
though the show has not been ac- 
claimed highly locally he Insists It 
go on, he is financing it himself 
• and is trying to shape it up in Los 
Angeles, regardless of expenditure 
(SO that it will be in shape to show 
to San Francisco. He figures that 
by Nov. 1 it can be done. Mean- 
time he guarantees rent and op- 
erating expense of the Mayan. 



No Assets for Garden 
Vandals Ruined Scenery 

" St. Louis, Oct. 2. 

Whatever of assets were left by 
the five wieeks of steady rains 
which put the Garden theatre, out- 
doors, out of business, early this 
Bummer have been rendered almost 
worthless by vandals. 

That statcirricnt was made here 
during the hearing in bankruptcy 
court of the case of Charles Sin- 
clair, Inc., operator of the Garden 
theatre. 

Scenery and other theatrical be- 
longings were so daubed up with 
creosote by vandals after the the- 
atre closad that the fear was ex- 
pressed at the bankruptcy hearing 
the scenic assets are of little value. 

It was testified that the fast 
dwindling assets of the Sinclair 
corporation had been cut from $6,- 
800 to $3,800, at least, making it 
practically Impossible to meet the 
preferred claims of about 8 pei'sons. 
Including chorus girls and men, 
ushers and ticket agents, several 
musicians and William Parsons, the 
musical direcTor Sf "the" stock mil - 
sical comedy" company. 



AHEAD AND BACK 

Charles McClintock, ahead of "In- 
terference." 

. Bernard Simon, in advance "Mar- 
to Miillohs" and "Volpone." 

Alfred Head, in advance of 
"Poi-gy." 

May Dowlinp, with . "My Mary- 
land" and ."Silent Hou.se" in Chi- 
cago. 

Arch jMcGovern, in advance Chi- 
cago CO. "Whispering Friends." . 

i3. C. lOdsoli, in advance Mr.s, Lcs- 
lle Carter in "Shanghai Gesture." '. 

Ray Honder.sori, ahead of George 
Arliss in "Merchant of Venice." 

Al. Strassman, publicity, for "Ad- 
venture" (S.L.P. Productions). 

C. Taylor, formerly with Holzman 
& Dorfinan, publicity for "Goin' 
"Home-=-(-Bror.-k --Pemberton).----=^- -- 

R. Sparks, press work for "This 
Thing Called I^ovc" (Patterson Mc- 
Nutt.). 

AI. U. Kinzler, publicity for 
"Cross My Heart" (Sammy I.rf>c). 

T. Van Dyke, publicity for "War 
Song" (Sam Harris), 
• Clay Lambei't is booking th<' 
"Trial of Alary Diigan" .shows on 
tour for A. II. Wood.s. 



The Landlord! 



San Francisco, Oct. .5. 
During a. rehearsal of "An- 
tenia," in which Henry Duffy 
is presenting Marjorle Ram- 
beau at his Alcazar, Director 
Walter Gilbert was in the, 
midst of a teh80 dramatic 
scene with . the . star, when 
Theodore Ilale, local likiuity 
representative, walked Into the 
hall. 

Miss Ranibeaii stopped .short 
in her lines. Throwing up lier 
arms in a gesture of despair, 
she said to Gilbert; 

"Stop it, Wallie; here's ihe 
landlord." ■ 



Equity Indifferent 
To A. T. A. M. Troubles 



Union trouble was averted at 
Mamaroneck, N. Y.; last week when 
"The Shanghai Gesture" opened 
there, after 'stage hands threatened 
to walk out because; the company 
manager was not a member of the 
unionized Association of Theatrical 
Agents and Managers, The move 
was regarded aa a bluff arid the 
show went. on. 

The local crew was entirely on 
Its own, the isame going- for other 
reported tiffs in Boston recently. 
The A. T. A, M. has deplored the 
incidents, stating they occurred 
without its knowledge and disclaim- 
ing any participation. 

Equity's position as a union was 
made clear, officials declaring that 
Equity members would continue to 
play any arid all such engagements 
regardless of the backstage union's 
attitude. The Mamaroneck matter 
was not brought ofliclaily to Equity's 
attention but- it -wa.% pointed out 
that . members have, and are .playing 
even where stage hands have walk- 
ed, in the absence of . any agrees 
ment between the various urilons in- 
volved. .'.^ . 

Tlie A. T. A. M. now .hais 482 
members enrolled. The .new organi- 
zation has set forth it's, position, 
iilmlng through organization to help 
show business especially' on the 
road. It has rated general press 
representative? and New York press 
agents as executives and " therefore 
not urged to join the union. It is 
felt that by working, with affiliated 
unioris . business on the road can 
be much improved. 

At a conference last week with 
Joseph P, Bickerton, . Jr., secretary 
for the managers, the A. T. A. M. 
asked for a uniform contract. The 
cardinal difference between the pro- 
po.Med contract, being drawn up by 
Judge M. H. Grosman, is the crea- 
tion of a board of trad©, composed 
of A, T. A. M. executives. This 
board Is designed to hold members 
strictly to the rules of the organi- 
zation. Contracts would be filed 
with the board and all differences 
and disputes handled along arbitra- 
tion lines. Other points cover the 
two weeks' notice clause and pro- 
vide there be at least one man 
ahead and one back -with each show, 
instead of doubling. The' latter 
points have - been conceded . by the 
managers In the Theatrical Press 
Representatives contract. 



Court Won't Enjoin 
In Hammerstein Matter 

Because there is serious doubt 
that Alexander IJ. Fine's contract 
with Arthur Hammerstein for his 
Russian Art Choir had not expired, 
Ju-stice Valerite rcfu.^od to enjoin 
the producer from re-employlng 
Fine's singers under individual con- 
tract . for the road tour ot "The 
Golden Dawn." Hammerstein had 
purchased 60 voices at $3,000 a week 
arid later 50 voices at $2,600 a week 
from Fine for "The Song of the 
Flame," but Hammerstein is 
charged with having induced the 
singers to leave Fine's manageriient 
and realign with him for the new 
enterprise under separate contract. 
^-■Ju s tioe^'alente-- conclu dos-- in =-an- 
opinion which seem.s typical of all 
such theatrical suits that a re.<=:train- 
ing writ i.** too radical a remedy 
and would afford Fine the .same re- 
lief he would be entitled to ulti- 
mately after trial of the i.ssuea. In 
fact, a trial would become needlea.s 
.sirico the ■ injunction gives the 
plaintiff all he wants in tlie first 
I. lace. 




ALEXANDER LEFTWICH 

Mr.: Leftwich has staged "Hit the 
Deck," "The Connecticut Yankee," 
•'Take the Air," "Rain or Shine." 
"Present Arms/' "The Song ^IVriter," 
"C^hee Chee" and is now working on 
"The Crooks' Convention" for Lyle 
Andrews. He will be available to 
.stage dramatic or musical produc- 
tions about the middle of October. 

Direction 

RALPH G. FARNUM 

1560 BROADWAY 



Five Shows Out 

Four of the newer aittractiohs on 
Broadway . were added to last 
week's closing list, the quartet be- 
ing flops. Another brace of clos- 
ings are dated for this week-end. 

"Ringside," presented at. the 
Broadhurst . by. Gene Buck, was 
taken ofC after playing five weeks. 
"The Big Fight," an opposed prize 
ring show, did not affect trade, but 
"Ringside" could not cjimb over the 
$10,000 and $11,000 mark, which was 
under the theatre's stop limit. Tlie 
play may lie revamped and sent on 
tour, minus the fight scene, 

"The Great Power," presented by 
Myron C. Fkgan at the Ritz, closed 
Saturday, playing three weeks. The 
play was sold as a talker for pic- 
tures, this stage engagement then 
ending, . . 



Shows in Rehearsal 



"Mueip In May" Shuberts). 
"Americana" (J. P. Mc 

Kvoy) 

"Rainbow" (Philip Goodihan) 
"Animal Crackera" (Sam H. 
HOjrris) 

"Olympia" (Gilbert Miller) 
"iviimi" (David Eelasco) 
"Tin' Pan Alley" (Henry 
Forbes), . 
"Jingles" (C, B. Dillingham). 
. ".Whoopee" (Florenz .Zieg- 
feld). 

"Faust" (Theatre Guild). 
"The Sandy Hooker" (Mess- 
more Kendall). 

"The Jealous Moon" (Brady 
& Wlmari). 

• "Bad Debts" (Shuberts), 
"The Squealer" (Jack Lln- 
, der), 

"The Yellow Jacket" 

(Charles Coburn). 



Future Plays 



THE GREAT POWER 
' Opened Sept.! 11. Generally 
planned. "Uneven, implausible 
play," said Colman (Mirror), 
but Osborn (Eve. World) filed 
minority opinion, declaring. "ah 
evening of unusual excite- 
ments and interests." 



"The Big Pond," presented by 
Edwin Knopf and William Faiiiii- 
worth, closed on the sanie date, 
playing six weeks to mediocre 
grosses, approximating $7,000 
weekly. Not profitable at pace. 



THE BIG POND 
Opened Aug. 21. Da Rohan 
(American) said: "Elected to 
hit class by comfortable ma- 
jority." NoticM moderately 
good. 

Variety (Land) said: 
"Broadway stag* engagement 
will be limited." 



"The Song Writer.- presented by 
Georgie Price and Alex Tokel, went 
out Saturday, playing seven wock.s. 
Attraction guaranteed $3,500 for the 
final two weeks, grossing little 
more. 



THE SONG WRITER 
Opened Aug. 13. Winchell 
(Graphic)- believed it "promis- 
ing, contender." Anderson 
(Journal) reported: "A ..dull 
show on hot night." Gabriel 
(Sun) termed it: "Cheap, 
r a u e 6 u s and incredibly 
cheeky." 

V a r i e t y (I b « e) opined 
wouldn't do^ 



"The Silent House" will leave the 
Harris for the road this week, hav- 
ing played 35 weeks. It opened at 
the Morosco and enjoyed good busi- 
ness there, averaging $16,000 for . a 



THE SILENT HOUSE 
Opened Feb. 7. Littell (Post) 
said: "For a thing of this kihd 
the performance could not be 
better." "Undoubtedly set for 
a long and furious run" pre- 
dicted Gabriel (Sun). 

Variety (Ibee) said: "Should 
go through balance of season 
and may stay longer." 



time. During the summer it wa.=? 
moved to the Shubert and recently 
switched to the Harris. Recently 
about $9,000. 

"Fast Life," presented by A. 11. 
Woods at the Ambassador last 
Wednesday, will be taken off Sat- 
urday. The show drew a uniform 
panning and is regarded as huvinR 
very little chance. 



IIowa.rd Schnebbe, in his first 
production since acquiring the lease 
on the Hudson, Neiw York, will be 
associated with Gerald Bacon In tlie 
production of a comedy now called 
"Undressed Kid," by William A. 
(SrewT- .Cast, includes John. Cum- 
berla,nd, . Harry Bannister, Robert 
llyman, Betty Sherwood, Dorothy 
Chai-d. Thlbs Lawton. Tjaura Burt.' 
Creorge Vivian will direct. . . 

Busljy Berkeley, is staging the 
dancefi for Philip Goodman's "Rain- 
bow," the Stall Ings -Hammerstein - 
Youmans musical, opening the 
Gallo Theatre Oct. 11. 

Seymour Folix has been signed" 
by Flo Zlegfeld to stage the dances 
for "Whoopee" and "Show Girl." 

"Sandalwood," from thei novel, in 
rehea,rsal next \yeok by the Maurice 
Abbe Productions, Ahbey has made 
the adaptation. 

"Dynamo," by Kugone O'Neill has 
been added to the list of forthcom- 
ing productions this season by the 
Theatre Guild. It will follow 
'Faust," now in rehearsal. 

"The Town's Woman" goe.q into 
rehearsal next week . with Howard 
Schnebbe and Gerald Bacon, pro- 
ducers, • 

"Street of a Thousand Shadows," 

by Euleta Wadsworth and Mrs. 
Katherine Browning, fir.st original 
to be done by the Pa .sad en a Com- 
munity .PIayhou.<?e. since Witter 
Bynner's "Cake." Chinese locale 
and deals with white heroine in 
native surroundings. 

"Gods of Lightening," by Max- 
well Anderson and Harold Hicker- 
son, went into rehearsal, sponsored 
by Hamilton McFadden, Charles 
Bickford heads cast. 

"The ' Lady Lies," new play by 
John Mieehan, accepted for produc- 
tion by Santley, Barter & • Mc- 
Ciowan. 

"Pleased to Meet You," dramatl- 
y.atlon of the novel of same title by 
Christopher Merely, will be given a 
stock trial by the Rialto Players. 
Rialto. Hobbken, N, J., Oct. 29, pre- 
p.'iratory to being reproduced as a 
logit attraction. Merely has also 
made dramatization of th'e piece. 

"Olympia" is in rehearsal for Gll- 
bort Miller. Opens in Wilmington, 
Del., next week, 

Ned Jakobs ha;s taken over "The 
Call Woman" by Archa Colby. In 
rehearsal. 



Veiller Holds to $5,000 

As" Film Men Sue 

Btiyard Veiller whose "The Trial 
of Mary iDugan" was Broadway's 
stand-out melodrama last season, Is 
the defendant in a peculiar suit for 
the recovery of $5,000 sought by Sol 
Ashor and Edward Small,, inde- 
pendant* picture producers. The 
complainants paid the author that 
.sum a.bout three years ago as an 
advance on what they believed to 
be the screen rights to "The Claw 
and the King," also known as "The 
Devine Crook" and under other 
titles. 

Previous to the' supposed pur- 
chaae of the rights, the play was 
tried out several times by A. H. 
Woods. It appears Veiller was but 
one of several authors who made 
an adaptation ot it, 

When Asher and Small paid Voil- 
lor, they received \vord from Woods 
that Uie play was still h^s property, 
"that Veirrer"'ciTT"iio f Ti:a:vl"tlie" rlgh t^ 
to sell and that if a picture were 
T)roduced, injunctive proceedings 
would ensue. 

Ashcr and Sm;ill endeavored to 
secure a return of the money but 
Veiller refused, contending he has 
sold the adaptation written by him- 
self and was within hi.s rights in so 
(ll^lTl^^. 



Strange Case of 

Fenwick Judgment 



On behalf of Irene Fenwick (Mrs. 
Lldflel Barrymore), M. L. Miilovln- 
sky, of O'Brien, Malevlnsity & Drla- 
coll, yesterday (Tuesday) filed a pe- 
titlon In New York Supremo Court 
to reopen the default judgment 
against their client for ?3. 700,000 
entered 14 years ago by the Central 
Union Tru!3t Co. The latter la suing 
as trustee of the estate Of the late 
Judge Henry Hilton, successor to 
A. T. Stewart, pioneer New York 
merchant, to recover on a mortgage 
alleged to have. been, signed by Miss 
Fenwick When the wife of Felix 
Isman. The actress after divorcing 
the realtor in 1909, married a Mr' 
O'Brien, and later Lionel Barry- 
more. - 

. Of the reasons advanced by the 
court papers for the reopening of 
the default judgment, it is priniarily 
contended ;that Mrs. Barrymore was 
under age. not yet 18, when affixing 
her signature on the mortgage; bo- 
sides which she never went on the 
bond, which allegedly invalidates 
any claim. Miss ' Fenwick divorced 
her husband within a year after the 
signing of the mortgage, which was 
executed June 30, 1908, 

The. mortgage Involves the prop- 
erty at 280 Broadway, now occupied 
by the Now York Sun. Because , oi: 
Its Broadway and Chambers street 
looation It is considered one of the 
choicest parcels on downtown 
Broadway. It is valued at around 
$5,000,000, When Isman, considered 
one of the smartest real/estate ma- 
nipulators in the countrj\ executed 
the mortgage for $3,700,000, he paid 
$500,000 down, A\ proviso was that 
■^vlthln five years If taxes, etc, wero 
not met, which Isman failed to do, 
the Hilton Estate, through the Cen- 
tral Union Trust Co., could fore- 
close, which it did. 

Defenses 

Among the defenses advanced by 
O'Brien, Malevinsky & Driscoll ai'o 
that the Hilton Estate reclaimed the 
property; had collected all the rents 
on It and never undertook to enter 
any personal judgment against Misa 
Fenwick, but permitted the matter 
to hang fire for 14 years before re- 
viving by the entry of a judgment 
in New York and proceeding to sue 
thereon for its collection in the Cal-. 
Ifornia couj;ts. Miss Fenwiqk is now 
a, i-esident of Los Angeles, where 
Lionel Barrymore is engiiged in pic- 
tures, . 

The actres.s contends she was 
never liable for a personal judgment 
and alleges fraud on any claim of 
Judgment Involving .personal lia- 
bility. 

Why Larkin. Rathbone & Perry, . 
acting for the trustees, are suing 
Mrs. Barrymore solely and not Is- 
man Is problematic to her attorneys. 
She has no estate or property of 
any consequence, and her husband, 
of course, cannot be assessd for any 
liability. 



ENGAGEMENTS 

Clifton Webb, Dorothy Appleby, 
new Gertrude Lawrence show, 

Don Barclay, Clifton Webb, "Cross 
My Heart." 

Constance McKay, Helen Baxter, 
Francis Compton, Jeanne Greene. 
Jessamine New.comb, "The K Guy." 

.John F, Hamilton, Bonita Banks 
Allendorf, Baby Banks, Dorothy 
Coulter, "Americana." 

Chief Ca;upolIcan, "Whoopee," 

Bruce Gordon, Sojln, Andy Clyde, 
Paul Malvern, Glenn . Cavender, 
"Ships of the Night." 
" Guy Harrington, Robt, BentJevi 
"The Squealer." 

Gattison Jones, Elsie Elliott, 
"Sunny Days." 

Deneta Lane, Pat O'Brien, "Dan- 
ger." 

Harry C. Bannister, Robert Hy- 
man, Dorothea Chard, Thaisi Law- 
ton, Laura Burt. Betty . Sherwood, 
John Cumberland, Albert Corlllo, 
Wllma Thorhpson, Roger Bacon, 
"The Undressed Kid," 

Walter Vonneput, "Strange Inter- 
lude." ' 

Bartley Madden, "The Big Fight." 

Lenl Stengel, Adele Rohson, Na- 
talie Schafer, "The.se Few Ashes." 

Charles Bickford, "Gods of Light- 
ning." 

Pierre De Reder, Shuberts, 

Alyne Bowle.s, Donald Foster. 
Katherine Wilson. "Tin Pan Alley." 

Marue Kelley. "Luckee Girl." 

Carl Rose. Charles Van Buren, 
"Show Boat." . 

June, Fred Allen, Madeline Came- 
ron, InoTf , Coiu'tney, Syd Marlon, 
(^heste Fredericks. Archie I.rf>arh. 
R u .ss---Why.txvV---E lsla=JDw^^M,^uE<mC= 
Nightingales. "Polly." 

Lester Vail. "The TTnknown War- 
rior." 



Frank Conroy will succeed A. TH. 
Matthews in "Heavy Traffic." NTr. 
Matthews resumes his role In "in- 
terference." 

Warren Sterling has replaced 
Thom.'i.s Mosoley in "Goin' ITnnie." 



Wednesday, October 3, 1928 



LEGITIMATE 



VARIETY 



51 



Equity Threatens to Go Into 
Agency Business Itself If 
5% System Doesn't Work 



In revlewinff the new legitimate 
casting agency rules adopted by 
ikiultyi an official of the association 
stated the code was designed to 
correct abuses long complained of. 
It was declared that if the new sys- 
tem .falls to work. Equity •will go 
intp the agency field to the exclii- 
eion of all other legit agencies. : 

Equity takes the position that its 
rules limiting the agehcy fee to 5 
per cent for 10 weeks, except for 
personal representatives, is a legal 
step and a court test of the code Is. 
welcomed. Several agents question 
the legality of Equity's rule because 
of the recent Supreme Court ruling 
voiding a state law (New Jersey) 
limiting employment agency fees. 

The association contends it has 
the right as a body to do business 
with whom it wishes, claiming the 
code is not a law but an organiza- 
tion measure. Equity asserts . a 
elmllar right to deal with the man- 
agers and to say through whom 
their members shall be engaged. 

It Is claimed that most of the 
casting agencies have communicat- 
ed or Conferred with Frank Gill- 
more of EJqulty, who has charge of 
. Issuing permits. Sonie have ex- 
pressed themselves as favoring the 
new rules, glad to be freed from 
epiitting commissions Tyith certain 
managerial offices. This group ad- 
mitted that they had to lay the. coin 
on the line every Monday morning. 

Time Limit Point 

Printing of . the permits Is in- 
complete, but will be issued Thurs- 
day. Under the new rules a cast- 
ing agent who qualifies a,s a per- 
sonal representative may not tie an. 
actor under contract for more than 
three years. One agent ad viged 
Equity It took three years to place 
a developing actor In the most de- 
sirable engagement, and he sug- 
gested that the time limit be ralfted 
to five years. The point will be 
considered by Equity's Council. 

Personal representatives, of which 
about nine are expected to qualify, 
may collect 10 per cent of an actor's 
salary for the total length, of an 
engagement if such agents guar-^ 
antee the actor at least 20 weeks per 
season on a salary averaging that 
paid hlni for the past three years. 

The new. rules for other Agents 
• iviU work out this, way: Starting 
Oct. 9 all agents and actors for 
whom they have secured engage- 
ments will pperato under the new 
tjasis — 6 per cent for 10 weeks. If 
an actor now working has been 
paying 10 per. cent it will not count, 
regardless of how long he has been 
liicking In. He is to pay B per cent 
lor 10 weeks starting Oct. 8 and 
not to pay thereafter for the same 
fengagement. 



Chicago Confused on 
Title of "Burlesque" 

■• Chicago, Oct. 2. 

Title of Arthur Hopkins' "Bur- 
lesque," here at the Harris, stirred 
up some commotion at the theatre 
when it was- realized that the name, 
of the show was conflicting 'with the 
advertisements of the four or five 
burlesque houses In town. 

Many Chicagoans accepted the 
idea that the Harris had turned 
burlesque, iand In order to offsejt 
this belief all billing and advertis 
ing of the show was changed to 
read, "the great comedy success 
called 'Burlesque'," with the title In 
very small letters. Names of Hal 
Skelly and Barbara . Stanwych are 
being featured above everything. 



Paint for Weiting 

Syracuse, N. Y., Oct. 2. 
For the first time since the thea 
tre was opened 31 years ago, paint 
ers are at work on the Wleting 
opera house, home town medium for 
Shubert attractions. 



Tip for Kihgsley 



. Dorpthy Carrlgan, Boston 
. girl, with little stage experi- 
ence, is playing in "Kosalle" 
under a Flo Ziegfeld contract. 

Miss Carrlgan, who is one 
of the few redheads on the 
Zieggy payroll, was offered a 
small role in the new Chain- 
ning Pollock show, "Mr. 
Moneypenny," but refused It. 
Miss Carrlgan went on record 
as preferring to remain a 
Ziegfeld chorus girl on Broad- 
way. That may lead to some 
sort of a press story for "Wal- 
ter Kingsley to sond out, Prior' 
to this Walter has never given 
the iRed Kid a tumble. 



Maude Adams Wanted 
For Salt Lake's Finale 

Salt Lake .City, Oct. a. 

The Salt Liake theatre Is to go 
down Oct. 15; a farewell show is 
proposed. It is hoped that Maude 
Adams, most noted, of all stage 
people from Utah, can be persuad- 
ed to istep out of her retirement 
on to the stage of the old temple 
of the drama for the one evening. 

The belief of the committee in 
charge is that Miss Adams will be 
willing to respond to their request 
because of the significance of thie 
event. It is a number of years since 
Miss Adams retired to her home In 
New York Crty, since which time 
she has resisted every call to re- 
turn to the stage. 



MAX GABE RETIRING 
FROM YIDDISH THEATRE 

Brutal Business the Cause — 
Present Season His Last 
Active Campaiga 



U Pays $25,000 More 
For "BVayV Dialog 

Speech Is worth $25,000 when ap- 
plicable to a Broadway success ac- 
cording to Jed Harris's rudlmients 
of. arithmetic. Accordingly Jed 
Harris ' has nicked Carl . Laemmle, 
head of Universal- for the addition- 
al fee for giving Laemmle privilege 
to make a sounder of "Broad vyay," 
which Harris produced. 

Harris had previously sold the 
silent drama rights to his smash 
hit to Universal for $226,000. That 
was before the talker Vogue ap- 
peared. 

Universal had been working on a 
silent drama version but later de-. 
elded to switch to a sounder. When 
apprising, Harris made his price of 
an additioniil $26,000 for talking 
rights and got It. 



Isquith Headaches 

"Men She Man-ied" came to a 
sudden halt at Worcester, Mass., 
Saturday, and everybody concerned 
with the show had headaches. It 
was presented by. Louis I. Isquith, 
former attorney. 

The theatre people secured a body 
attachment, permitted under the 
local law.s, but IsqUith had left the 
state. 

Transportation for the company 
was wired by Equity. The company 
will - b6 paid off 'from funds on de- 
posit with Equity. 



Screen Actors Voices Are More 
Adaptable to Talkers Than Thought 



Players in Talkers 

Los Angeles, Oct. 2. 

Frank Reicher Is playing the 
name role as VNapoleon's Barber" 
in the Arthur Caesar playlet, niade 
as a talker by John Ford for Fox. 
Helen Ware, brought out hero by 
Fox to function as' coach for the 
talkers, is the fern lead. 

Other players are Otto Mattleson 
and Phillippe DeLacey. 



''UPS-A-DAISY'S'^ NEW BOOK 

Caites Brother."} ha.ve hcen added 
to Lewis A. Gensler's "Ups-A- 
Daisy" doing the BUster and John 
West parts with new roles written 
in for the latter couple. Bobble 
Perkins will be out of the show. 

Show has hafl virtually a new 
>iook ..substituted for lt« orlgln.il 
libr^'tto. 



"BUZZ" EAGLE EAST 
Malcom "Buzz" Eagle has aligned 
his Chicago agency with Jack Bell 
In the east. Both hold Keith fran- 
chises. 

BllJy Jackson, alao planning an 
eastern affiliation, has not yet con 

-ne6tcJ^as.jfac.l^.-lsJtn9w^^__^^^_ 



"FOLLIES" LAY-OFF 

"Grand Street FolUp."," which 
closed at the Booth, New York, 
Saturday, has been awarded a two 
week's layoff privilege by Equity to 
reorganize for additional rehearsal 
before beginning a road . tour in 
Wilmington, I>el., Oct. 15, 



After ■approximately .15 year.s in 
the People's Theatre on the Bowery, 
Max Gabel, for over 45 years an 
east side favorite with Yiddish the- 
atregoers, will hot renew his lease 
and may retire from the stage. 
This is due to disastrous business 
conditions prevailing . in Yiddish 
theatres, accounted . for by the trend 
toward Broadway legit and picture 
houses, '. 

Though the east side is over- 
seated, with four theatres oh Scct 
ond avenue within three or four 
blocks from each other, the theatre 
operators are" not anxious for Gabel 
to withdraw from the field. As the 
only producer of surefire melo- 
drama oh the east side, ; Gabel 
draws capacity business and creates 
general Interest in Yiddish theatres. 
Gabel; it Is reported, intended build- 
ing a new theatre on Second ave- 
nue, but has cooled In this, because 
he figured five houses would make 
conditions even worse. He has been 
asked to take over one of the other 
houses, the Public or the Yiddish 
Folks theatre, formerly Maurice 
Schwartz's Yiddish Art theatre, but 
ha^ sliown no enthusiasm for the 
venture. • . . 

.-.During this season,, perhaps the 
last in which he will write, produce 
and star in his own show.s, Gabel 
Will produce five show.s. However, 
his probable retlrernent from the 
stage will not mean his withdrawal 
from the National Jewish Theatre 
Cliain formed last season. 

Gabel will supervise' production 
of over 30 Yiddish legit road shows 
during the coming season, The 
formation of this clialn, sponsored 
and organized by Gabel, gives eni- 
ploynient to BOO or more Yiddish 
actors who would otherwise be out 
of work. 

Expiration of Gabel's lease on the 
People's theatre, It Is understood, 
will mean the end of his business 
relationship with Max Willner, hip 
partner. 



Opera Subscribers Can Ask 
For Operas and Singers 



Cosmopolitan Opera Company, 
due to open an elglit-week season 
Oct. 16 at the Manhattan opera 
house, has an unusual plan. Those 
enrolling as gubscribers for $5 or 
up receive In addition to the. con- 
ventional "favored locations" In 
seats the privilege of voting on 
operas to be sung and on the 
singers to sing them. 

A group of Italians headed by 
Robert and Armand Bogarazy and 
Joseph Vivian! founded Cosmopoli- 
tan last "year. It played engage- 
ments in Montreal, New Haven and 
several other out-of-town spots. 
Their Idea Is to present $3 opera 
with preference shown to Ameri- 
can-born singers. 

Fulgenzio Guerriori is musical di- 
rector, assisted by Gabriel Cime- 
onl; Renia Nikona will be ballet 
mi.sti'ess. 

Although the Italian colony Is 
strong for. opera, the promoters of 
cosmopolitan state Italian support 
comes through the box office and 
is not guaranteed by subscriptions. 
For the latter form of iaupport the 
company has to look elsewhere. 

Joseph Lengyel, tenor, Guisippo 
Martini -Rossi, baritone, Alfredo 
Gbndolfi, tenor, and Helen Adler, 
soprano, are among- the . singers 
signed. 

The Cosmopolitan i<lea calls for 
lectures on music as a Sunday 
night adjunct to the operas. 



"Blackbirds" for West 

Lew Leslie will organize a second 
coinpany of "Blackbirds of 192S" for 
a western tour. The original com- 
pany, current at the Liberty, New 
York, may switch Into the Ellingf? 
around Oct. 15. "ATr. Monoypcriny" 
holds the Liberty date. 
^^_^J^?^le^^^^^negoUatlng with Biick 
and Bubijles to^HeaTd fR(r"iB7vH7fir 
company. 



"Ladder" Exiting? 



There seems to be .son;c doubt 
about how long the floppo 
"Ladder" is to continue at the 
Cort. According to the dope 
the show will t'.xpiro early in 
November. 

: But It seems Edt;ar R. pavi.s,. 
its millionaire baclcei-, has soine 
sort of option to rent the house 
for another si.x months. . 

Davis Is rubbering around 
the world ;ind sent word that 
if the public doesn't support 
th(» show by ilov, 1, he. would 
r.Toiie it. 

Th.at's only three week.*; after 
this. 

, Pidn't get $000 last week; 
bet yuh. 



McGuire-Oppenheimer 

Default Judgments 

. Three legit litigants figured In as 
many judgment proceedmgs In the 
N. Y. Supreme Coui-t this past week. 
All awards went by default through 
the defendants, havlng'failed to de- 
fend. 

Now that the box-oftlce royalties 
are smiling on William Anthony 
McGuire,. the librettist, old credi- 
tors are popping up. anew. The iatr 
est Is Joseph 'Delf esse with a $4,- 
000 claim on a 30-day note at 7 per 
cent, plus $400 for counsel ^ees as was 
agreed upon, should McGuire de- 
fault Qti making good the confessed 
judgment. The claim dates back to 
Nov. 6, 1924 in Chicago and the 7 
per cent. Interest Is held to be legal 
In Illinois. McGuire,. having failed 
to interpose a defense, has had 
judgment for the full amount 
chalked up against him. 

Thomas C. McNaughton has been 
awarded judgment for. $2,600 on a 
$2,600 note executed by Joseph and 
Jacob Oppenhelmer and the Lyric 
Operating Co., operating the Lyric 
theatre on West 42d street. Judg- 
ment went by default. 

Alleging that he lent the Lambert 
Theatre Corp. $10,000 In cash on 
Dec. 7, 1927, Joiin D, Crimmins has 
been given Judgment by default for 
$10,506. 



Buffalo Daily Giving 
Space to Women's Clothes 

When the Evening News started 
the practice this summer of ap- 
pending to Its reviews of the local 
stock company, a list of the society 
matrons In attendance with details 
as to their gowns, it marked an in- 
novation In dramatic reviewing In 
Buffalo. 

Those locally who regard the 
drama as something other than an 
opportunity for a dress parade hope 
the procedure will be temporary. 

With- the regular- season, how- 
ever, the practice is continued with 
space devoted to the list and de- 
scription of those in attendance fre- 
quently equal to that given to the 
review of the play. 



Shuberts and Bookers 

- . .Chicago,, Oct. ;2i 

Dealings of the Shuberts in Chi- 
cago with ticlcft brokers is becom- 
ing frank. 

Ticket broker's office la next door 
to the Garrick theatre, and con- 
struction of a 8i)ecial store in the 
Grand lobby to be used as a broker- 
age office is announced. . 

The store la 20'x9' and $10,000 
rental la asked. 



COESE'S PEKCENTAGE STOCK 

Cors6 Payton will take over the 
IT.'ilsey, Brooklyn, N, Y,, for dra- 
matic stock Oct. l.'J. 

The Ilalsoy, formerly on« of the 
Rmall-Strausborg chain, reverted 
back to owner whon t)io S-S Ica.so 
expired last month. It hart too 
much oppo.slllon from Loew'a Gntos 
and Keith's Unshwick. 

J'ayfoii I.H installing the .stock on 
a p<T(;<»7)tage arrangement. 



From several production heads 
engaged in making talking pictures • 

are . reports regarding the adapt- 
ability of .Screen actors" for. dialog 
sequences. According to these au- 
thoiities the percentugo of screen 
players, whose voices cannot be 
given tbe required tone after a little 
ti-ainlng is quite lo.w. 

The first inipression that most ■ 
screen player.s would find tlj^hiselyec 
out to give place to actors from- 
the legithnate stage on account of 
talker.s does iiot seem likely to be. 
correct, from these fxccounts, While 
legit names are needed and wanted, 
the majority of screen actors will 
still be found useful, though there 
will be exceptions. 

Screen st.ars with . voices that 
cannot be trained will be mo.st afr 
fected. If not entirely overshadowed 
by the new type of pictures their 
value will suffer at the box ofltlce. 

In making dialog sequences for 
"Times Squarfe," Gotham, at Hart- 
ford,- Conn., In the Bristolphone 
laboratories, Harold Shumate, pro- 
duction supervisor, found a natural 
speaking voice is not quite the asset 
it wa.s cracked up to be. In a se- 
(luence where severqil people - have 
to speak lines the laboratory has to 
be blanketed so that all the voices 
will sound natural. The leading, 
man's voice would sound natural 
with four or five blankets, for ex- 
ample, but the leading woman's 
voice would then be either too. shrill 
or too low.. If. the leading woman 
had a natui-al speaking voice It 
would still have to be gauged high- 
er or ^owe.r than Its normal tone 
to be effective. 

With four or five people In a 
speaking sequence each voice has ' 
to be toned to suit the reproducing 
apparatus. 



Mrs. H. 0. Band's $20000 
Ver£ct Set Aside 



Albany, Oct. 2. 

Appellate Division at Albany ha« 
set aside the $20,000 verdict. award- 
ed by a trial Jury to Mrs. Doris K. 
Bond, widow of Harry O. Bond, 
actor and head of the Bond Players, 
at Schenectady, stock, killed by a 
trolley car of the Schenectady 
Railway Company on May 23, 1924. 

Bond was In an automobile when 
hit by the trolley, Mrs. Bond had 
sued for $150,000. Thd accident 
happened on the Schenectady-Al- 
bany road. 



Chas. Tennis Bankrupt 



Charles Oliver Tennis, formerly 
of Coutts & Tennis, road show en- 
trepreneurs, and of recent years in 
business on his own, filed a volun- 
tary petition In bankruptcy, llstinfir 
$13,199 in debts and no assets. 

John E. Coutts for the last few 
years conducted his own booking 
agency In the Karl Can-oil building 
and Tennis, the alleged bankrupt,, 
continued the firm In the Longacre 
building as the general booking 
manager and New York represen- 
tative of the Easter Theatre Man- 
agers'./. Association.. 

Tennis lists H. C." Wner Lltho" 
Co., Enquirer Job Ptg. Co. and 
Frank Brady as principal creditors. 



Florence Lake in Talkers 

Loa Angeles', Oct, 2. 
.Florence Lake, former stage ac- 
tress and Bister of Arthur Lake, 
screen actor, signed by Fox to a 
long term contract to play JtigcnUe 
part."* In taTkw^. 



Jed Harris Resting 

Jed . Ilarri.s has ' sidr-trackr-il iili 
p'reviou.sly armouncfd . prodiictloiis 
and will rcHt upon hi.-? pro-oJit li.«t 
until .Tantjary. 

Harris has yhaiKinrifil i.in' s>'(-ond 
romi)any of "'J'Ik- l-'iom .P;i^;t-'' I'or 
1 CliicdRo ;it- ])! 1 .«>'nt.. ' ' 



Fenrnie Lead Doesn't Miss 
Show ; Dislocated Arm 

Minneapulls, Oct. 2. 

Although she dislocait-d hev rishi 
arm when thrown from a lior.'^e lU 
St. Paul last week, Virginia Fox, 
lead with "Ito.sc-.Vlarie,"' went on as 
usual that night. With her arm In 
a pla.stor cast she ha.s not ml.s.seO a 
performance. 

Accident occurred wh<'n Miss 
Fox's mount stumbled . and threw 
her to the groitnd. After the .show 
l<'riday night .she went to a hos-; 
pital and rf-nialned th''re unfll the 
nej<t morning. 

" Mi ss^ Wjmft^fs*" Ma 

rrovidonce, Oc(. 2. 
( !lia.rlrp((i- "VVyht^-r.s, leading wom- 
an of tiie Modern .Sli^ck, leaves tliis 
week succeeded by Louise QuInn, 
former ingenue. Just prior to Miss 
Wynters' dep.'irture, dallies printed- 
her marriage la.'«t June to Charles 
1 .'^i-hall. son of a New York financier. 



VARIETY 



LEGITIMATE 



Wednesday, October 3, 1928 



Shows in N. Y. and Comment 



Figures estimated and comment point to some attractions being 
successful, while the same gross accredited to others might suggest 
mediocrity or loss. The variance is explained in the difference in 
house capacities with the varying overhead. Also the size of cast, 
with consequent difference in necessary gross of profit. Variance 
in business necessary for musical attraction as against dramatic 
play is also considered. 

Classification of attraction, house capacity and top prices of the 
admission scale given below. Key to classification: C (comedy); 
D (drama) ; n (revue) : M (musical comedy) ; F (farce) ; O (operetta). 



Admissioji tax applies on tickets over ^3. 



"A Connecticiit Yankee," Vander- 
bilt (Ami week) (M-S82-$5.r)0). 
2)ue . for toiir iii another three 

. woek.sv bettering $.14,000; "Amer- 
icaiia'' possible successor. 

"Adventure,'' Rei)Ublic (C-90;-$3). 
Not so hot; opened Hopt, 25; re- 
vii'w.s unfavorable; little afjoricy 
call. 

"Biilie," Erlaneer (1st week) (M- 
l,G20-$3), Presented, by George 
M. Cohan; written and composed 
by same; highly rated in Phila.; 
opened Monday. 

"Blackbirds," Liberty (22d week) 
(A-l,202-$3). Will move next 
door to Eltinge after another 
week; routed out but trade so 
strong run continues until Jan. 1 
at least;. $22,000 and better. 

"By Request,'? Hudson (2d Week) 
(C-l,094^$3). Opened Sept, 27; 
favorable notices; figures lo get 
fairly good grosses.' . 

"Chee Chee," Mansfield (2d week"* 
'(M-l,050-$5.50). Some diversity 
in opinion, but feminine draw in- 
dicated; capacity in final days 
last week with gi'oss claimed bet- 
ter than $28,000 in seven perfbrm- 
, ances. , 

"Cross IVIy Heart," Knickerbocket 
(3d .week) (M-1.412-$4,4Cl). Cast 
change made with aim of bolster- 
ing performance r got off on 
wrong foot, smothering excellent 
reports from Boston; second week 
$15,000. 

"Diamond Lil," Royale (26th week) 

■ (C]J-l,117-$3). Climbed again last 
week, newer entrants not affect- 
ing trade; went to $14,000 and 
run into winter indicated. 

"Elmer the Great," Lyceum (2d 
week) CC-957-$3). X>rcw good 
notices, but agency. call light; box 

i office sales better; first week's 

. pace estimated at $7,000. 

"Eva the Fifth," Little (Gth week) 
(C-530-$3). .Slipped instead of 
Improving; may continue few 
Weeks, but has not shown ex- 
pected strength; rated under 
$5,000. , 

"Fast Life," Ambassador (2d week) 
(D-l,2P0-$.3). Going ofi: Saturday; 
prenfilere disappointing . a,nd drew 
general paiining; making grade; 
opened Sept. 20; no agency buy. 

"Front Page," Times . Square (8th 
week) (C-l,057-$3.86). : They all 
talk about this shown pro and 
con, but it's getting the big 
ttioiiey, bettering $24,000, weekly. 

"Gang- War," Morosco (7th week) 
(CD-898-$3), Will move to the 
Harris next week; doing pretty 
well, with last week ai-ound $10,- 
000. an imi..;ovement; "Little 
Accident!' listed for next week. 

"Gentlemen of the Press," Henry 
Miller (6th week) (C-946-$3). 
Eased off somewhat last week at 
approximately $7,500; expected to 
move to the 48th Street next 
week. 

"Goin' Home," Masque (7th week) 
(CD-700-$3). Moved here from 
Hudson last week; business still 
weak; riot much over $3,000. 

"Good Boy," Hammerstein's (5th 
week) (M-l,400-$6.60). Started 
okay, but slipped off; especially 
last week when gross estimated 
less than $30,000; should be 
stronger for musical. 

"Good News," Chanin's 46th St 
(M-l,413-$5.50). Producers work- 
ing on new musical expected 
about ThanksgivTng ftmn; liotd-' 
over still getting some coin; 
$20,000 and better. 

''Heavy Traffic," Empire (5th week) 
(CD-l,099-$3.85). Moderate trade 
iso far; la.st week again a bit 
over $11>000; will probably move 
to Millbr's Oct. 15 when "Olympla" 
due here. . 

"Jarnegan," Longacre (2d week) 
(GD-l,019-$3.85). Appears to have 
good chance; first week's pace 
clairried over $1.3,000; $5.50 pre- 
miere for $3,100 aiding talking 
about it. 

"Luckee Girl," Ca.sino (3d week) 
(M-l,477-$4.40), One of new mu- 
sicals that does not appear to 
have landed; second week's pace 
estimated around $15,000. 

"Machinal," Plymouth (5th week) 
(D-l,012-$3). Improved again, 
though business generally off; 
. quoted at $16,000, exceptional for 
this type of show; dxcellent bal- 
cony business tip-off. 

weight Hostess," Martin Beck (4th 
, week) (CD-l,189-$3). Climbed 
with faSings'going "iir^^ 
000; ought to go through autumn; 
iagency sales rather good. 

"Pleasure Man," Biltmore (1st 
week) (CD-l,189-$3). Pre.sented 
by Carl Reed; authored, by Mae 
West; created plenty of interest 
past two weeks in neighborhood 
theatre; opened Monday; cast ar- 
rested after premiere. 

"Possession," Booth (Ist week) 

^ (CD-708-$3). Presented by Edgar 
Selwyn; written by him; ex- 
oHlont oa.st; opened at sfta.«;horo 



to much "promise early In sum- 
nier. 

"Rain or Shine," Giforge M. Cohan 
(35th week) (M-1.371-$5.50). 
Eased off somewhat along with 
most of, field; at $33,000 last week 
got its share; very strong for 
holdover. 

"Relations,," Wallacks (7th week) 
(C-770-$3). Tough time sihce 
opening; guaranteeing . house in 
order to stick; $2,500 estimated. 

"Ringside," Broadhurst . (C-1,118- 
$3). Closed Saturday; hou.se has 
given notice but business mod- 
erately good; $1.0,000 last week; 

■ reopens next week \vith "Hold 
Everything." , 

"Rosalie," New Amsterdam (39th 
week) (M-i,702-$6,60); Made run 
of It, . always .strongly supportei 
by agencies; claimed profitable; 
recently over $3,0,000; due for road 
soon. 

"Scandals," Apollo C14th week) 
(R-l,16S-$6,60). Only one other 
revue in town ("Vanities") and 
both selling out; $49,000. 

"Straight Thru the Door," 49th St. 
(1st week) (C-708-$3). Pre- 
sented by William Hodge and 
written by him; has played out 
of town; opens Thursday (Oct. 4). 

"Show Boat," Ziegfeld (41st week) 
(M-1.150-$6.60). Jumped to lead 
in agency demand and gross get- 
ting better than $50;006 now; an- 
other "Show Boat" for road is off; 
this one will doubtless hold 
through season. 

"Skidding," Bayes (20th week) 
(C-860'$3). Small cost show 
claiming indefinite " engagement; 
last week $4,000, doubtful but may 
let show by. 

"Strange Interlude," John Golden 
(36th week) (D-900-$4.4d), An- 
other holdover smash; $16,000. 

"The Bachelor Father," B e I a s c o 
.(32d week) (D-l,000-$3.85). Leav- 
ing after another week; doing 
very well, but Belasco . wants to 
house his new "Mima" here; 
"Father" around $14,000. 

"The Command Performance," Klaw 
(Ist week). (D-830-$3). Presented 
by Herihan Shumlln and Charles 
K.. Gordon; showed In Phila. to 
promise; opens tonight (Oct. 3). 

"The Big Fight," Majestic (3d week) 
(CD-l,776-$3). Just going along; 
leaves for road after another 
week as announced; second week's 
gross possibly $20,000; consider- 
ably under capacity. 

"The Big Pond," Bijou (C-605-$3). 
Closed Saturday, probably going 
to Chicago; did well enough on 
lower floor, but could- not pick 
up enough; played six weeks; 
about $7,000; house dark. 

"The Great Power," Ritz (C-945-$3), 
Taken off Saturday after three 
weeks; relights next week with 
"Courage/' 

"The High Road," Pulton (4th week) 
(C-913-$3.85). Regarded hit, 
drawing smart audiences via 
agencies;, approximately $18,000 
again last week, not much under 
capacity. 

"The Ladder," Cort (102d week) 
CD-l,094-$3.) Just hanging 
around waiting for rental period 
to end; floppiest of all runs; not 
$500. 

"The New Moon," Imperial (3d 
week) (M-r,400-$5.50). Off to ex- 
cellent start and regarded as 
cinch- for run;- second week al- 
most all it could get, around 
$39,000. 

"The Royal Family," Setwyn (4ist 
week) (C.-l,067-$3.85). Another 
two weeks before touring; still 
making some money and road 
should be clean-up. 

"The Silent House," Sam H. Har- 
ris (35th wedc) (Dt1;051-$3). 
Final week; mystery play ap- 
proximating $9,()00; "Gang War" 
moves from Morosco next Monday. 

"The Song Writer,'^ 49th St. (C-969- 
$3). Shut suddenly Saturday after 
floundering for seven weeks; indi- 
cated gross under $4,000. 

"The Three Musketeers," Lyric 
(30th week) (M-l,305-$6,00). One 
of very best; agency demand 
picked up smartly of late and con- 
tinuance until first of year antici- 
pated; $35,000 and better. . 

"This Thing Called Love," Maxino 
Elliott (3d week) (C-912-$3.85). 
Agency sales helping a bit, but 
little heard about show and could 
Improve plonty $8,000 . estimated. 

'iThe-=War_-^Song/i ^Nrttional=^(2d„ 
week) (CD-1.164-$3). Got rather 
good break from reviewers; busi- 
ness fir.st week not big but East 
Side should support this ono as 
it did "The Jazz Singer"; over 
$10,000, 

"Vanities," Earl Carroll (9th week) 
(R-968-$7.70). Getting big money 
and has from start; average 
Weekly groB.so,s rated ai'ound 
$40,000. 

"When Crummies Played," Gftrrick 
(Jst nook; i('-.".:;7-$:!). Pn-sentr-d 



"ROAD'S" CHANCE 



(Continued from pa^e 1) 

over. 300 plays Is turning to the 
hinterland for his field. He will 
produce at least three and probably 
four plays this season with the New 
York engagements considered sim- 
ply as q, part of the soa.son and 
hot the aim or meo-sure . of the 
production's success. 

Organizing Audiences 

The fimetlon of the National The^ 
aire. Foundation is to . "organize the 
audience" in 20 major, cities. With 
cities like Cincinnati, Cleveland, 
Indiapalols, Buffalo, Providence 
and Milwaukee as a nucleus. oE.lull 
week "guarantee" engagements it 
will be possible, Tyler believes, to 
fill In the split weeks and one 
nights $uch as Worcester, Des 
Moines, Omaha, Akron, Wilkes- 
Barre and thereby present an in- 
ducement for other .producers, now 
ignoring the road, to give It atten- 
tion. 

. National Theatre Foundation will 
not Interfere with existing channels 
for legitimate bookings. Local com- 
mittees will be solely for th§ pur- 
pose of delivering the necessary 
number of subscribers. Committees 
will not be concerned with nor will 
they have . jurisdiction over con- 
tracts, to be made . In the regular 
way between theatre and company. 
'■■ Details of the subscription plan 
call for a guarantee of $1,700 for 
one nighters, $5,000 for split weeks 
and $10,000 for full week engage- 
ments.' The local committee Is to 
work out with New Tork office In- 
cidental details as to number of 
selection of attractions for the sea- 
son. The Church and Drama League 
is' actively campaigrning on behalf 
of the program. 

Rebates 

Top price of $3 Is set as the av- 
erage scale. School teachers and 
pupils are to be rebated In bulk 
so as to encourage this type of 
support. 

Tyler renounced Broadway last 
season after losing a fortune on 
new plays. He also has concentrated 
on all-star casta In classic reylvals 
and it is this type of play he has 
in mind ;for the "organized audi- 
ence." Ames and Hampden will 
send out their own type of show. 
. Tyler's "Macbeth" , opens Oct. 29 
In Philadelphia with Margaret An- 
glin, Lyn Harding and William Far- 
num. Later on Tyler will produce 
In association with the Players Club 
an all-star "Bea.ux Stfateerm." 

The ground break for National 
Theatre Foundation was. done last 
season. The system Is still In the 
bud but Tyler states "very encour- 
.aglng." Tyler . disavows any con- 
fllctlon with the Theatre Guild. 

"It amounts simply to this," Mr. 
Tyler stated, "New York Is not 
America and the type of play that 
suceeds In New York In these thrlllr 
jaded days will not succeed In 
America as a whole, for the rea- 
son that the rest of the country 
will not accept Invective and vul- 
garity as drama." . 



Harris Pays $600 

Sylvia Sidney accepted two weeks' 
salary, $600, in settlement of a 
claim against Jed Harris who had 
engaged hiir for "Rasputin," a play 
due this month. It has been Indef- 
initely set back. 

The matter wjis arranged _through 
Equity. ■ ' 

Miss Sidney was under contract 
not only for this season but had 
other contracts for two succeeding 
years. It was agreed that since 
there was no fulfillment of the first 
contract whatever obligation there 
waij on the others would he satis- 
fled by settlement on the original. 



Chi Booms; 10 Shows Average 
for Wynn; Guld Again, 





"Big Pond*' Rushed Into Woods— Figure Six Will 
Stay Until Pre-Xmas Slump — ■"BurlesqueV Ads 



STOCK IN W.-V. HOUSES 

Two of Wllmer & Vincent houses 
will play winter stock. Colonial, 
Norfolk, opened last week with the 
Doyloart Players In "Baby Cyclone." 

The second, the Lyric, . Richmond, 
Va., opens in two weeks with an- 
other Doyleart stock. Both are pro- 
moted by James C. Doyle. 



by Charles L. Wagner; play Is an 
!blnglish comedy; house policy Is 

—aKaln~along-=rep- lines, 

"Whits Lilacs," Shubert (4th week) 
(0-1,395-$5.BO). Moves to Jolson 
next week; about $19,000 esti- 
mated and not hot; "Ups-a- Daisy" 
next week. 

Special Attractions 

"The Would-Be Gentleman" Mon- 
day and "L'Invitation du Voyage" 
Thursday opens the new Civic 
Kepertory peaaon. 

"The Light of Asia," Walter Hamp- 
d'-n'.'s; po.stponed until next we»»k, 



Chicago/ Oct. 2. 
Receipts in last week's legit trade 
suggested improved c o n d 1 1 Ions. 
From now until the pre-Xmas lull,, 
the important coin Is on tap. Ten 
attractions gave the town an! aver- 
age gross of $20,l}0O, "Manhattan 
Mary" leading and "Arms and the 
Girl" (Theatre Guild) holding aloft 
the mediocre gross pullers among 
the non-musicals^ Two important 
houses, Illinois and Erlangur, were 
dark. 

Theatre Guild drew the important 
attention of the Week. It was ca- 
pacity at the Blackstone and will 
hold because of the tremendous 
foundation molded via the subscrip- 
tion lists. The Blackstone figures 
close to $25,000 capacity at $3. The 
Guild's gross for the initial week 
only varies from what subtractions 
are made I'rom the systont of charg- 
ing for the season tickets. 

The scheduled two new openings, 
plus a list-minute booking, gave 
the calendar a new twist this week. 
"Red Robe" had a clear field Sun- 
day, selling out at the Majestic 
due to the Shubert offlces concen- 
trating here. The Amerlclan Opera 
got under way at the 13rlanger. Ad- 
vance reservations gives this house 
a rosy outlook for the .limited en- 
gagement. The Woods ' drew "The 
Big Pond" for a Monday opening 
on a last-minute notice. 

Heaviest campaigning Was done 
for "Burlesque," placed in a quandary 
a.t the Harris. That the Hopkins 
piece was one of the leading non- 
musicals oh Broadway last year 
means nothing here. An outside 
chance remains for "Burlesque" to 
grab the spoils .and the brokers 
have taken a hand, returning to the 
Harris after the flrst "Week's scare. 
Toward the week-end the show 
commenced to attract attention. 

If "Burlesque" gets set there are 
six attractions on the local calendar 
that should last until the pre-Xmas 
period. This Is a good average con- 
sidering the topsy-turvy situation 
for the past year. "Queen's Hus- 
band" has an outside chance for a 
surprise run at the Cort. The critics, 
in their second thoughts, gave the 
Cort piece just what it needed. 

"Command to Love" will s:o be- 
yond all expectations If the news- 
paper ad campaign for the balcony 
seats bring results. The Stude- 
baker Is a. solid lower floor hit every 
night and this is a Christmas at- 
traction without question. "Mary 
Dugan" had to bow to the Theatre 
Guild for the lead among the non- 
musicals, yet the Adelphla still 
rings the capacity bell. Brokers 
have "Dugan" in the palm of their 
hands, cleaning up with, much care 
shown by tho management not to 
have them overrun the situation. 

"Manhattan Mary" will pick up 
close to capacity coin at the Grand 
and "My Maryland" was picked by 
the Shuberts for a successful stay, 
but nowhere near the pace It tabbed 
after the first week. There's no 
chance for "Red Robe" to cut Into 
either "Mary" or "Maryland," since 
both are now running on their own. 
This caused the Shubert offices to 
get back of "Robe.". 

"Good News" is right up there, 
although down about $4,000 to 
$5,000 from the gait of the early 
weeks. "News" holds the $4.40 scale 
record for this town. Record for 
the Twins is 47 weeks for "Topsy 
and EvA" and 49 weeks for 
"Nanette," but both shows played 

at $3f30, ^ — ■ ..i 

Com weather had much to do 
with Improved conditions last week. 
Managers realize the fat weeks of 
the year are with them and they 
lare making the most of it. 

Estimates for Last Week 
"The Big Pond" (Woods, 1st 
week). Six weeks in New York 
and rushed here apparently as filler; 
costly transportation gamble; 
nieagro take on opening Monday; 
heavily papered and no advance 

"The Red Robe" (Majestic, 1st 
week). Chance of being worked 
Into important coin ; Word out for 
Shubert strength at stands to plug 
here with "Maryland" act; "Night 
in Spain's" final week fattened total 
to $84,000 for four w*'<.'U«' engage- 
ment. 

American Opera ( lOrlanger, 1st 
week). Opened Monday with 
"Faust." first half; "Butterfly," laist 
half; activities suggest organiza- 
tion smashing fat grosses for four 
weeks of split offerings. 

.Xfieaire^GMjId^ (Blackstone, 2d 
week), ('apacity at $3 apprfia:rhe^^ 
$25,000; only variation the. dcduc- 
lion.^ from the subscription lists. 

"Burlesque" (Harris, 3d week). 
Coiiipletc revl.«tIon of campaign, 
title submerged, into almost agate 
type to overcome similarity of cam- 
paigns for local stock burlesque 
companies; spotty Improvement but 
far from succcps of Broadway 
gro-MHep; will vary around $16,000 
undl fate is aotually dotermlnod. 

"Command to Love" (?tiidobaker. 



Bth week); Illgh rating substan- 
tiated; holding around $18,000 with 
spurts, depending upon general 
conditions, bettering this figure; 
balcony shaky,, and plugging being 
.done in , ads featuring balcony 
prices. 

'Trial of Mary Dugan" (Adelphia, 
6th week). Holding to sensational 
pace with specs handling the heavy 
stock ahead of everything; people 
going up In second balcony who 
were never there before; can be 
labeled $23,000, or thereabouts, for 
another dozen weeks. 

"My Maryland" (Great Northern, 
5th week). With variations consid- 
ered, is now stamped at $30,000 and 
higher, bettering this figure when 
special parties are hurled into the 
weak Monday-Tuesday perform- 
ances; picked for profitable busi- 
ness, but gait since opening beyond 
expectations; with operating line- 
up, season't best killing for Shu- 
berts. 

"Queen's Husband" (Cort, 3d 
Week). Getting fairly good busi- 
ness with outlook to hold, as mod- 
erate pull; around $11,000 satisfy- 
ing; received valuable second 
thoughts from critics. 

"The Silent House" (Garriclc, 6th 
week). Hitting $12,600; not a big 
success hut profitable. 

"Good News" (Selwyn, 33d week). 
Nothing interferes with general 
sales; weekly grosses around $23,- 
000 and better; will hold for year'.s 
run. 

"Manhattan Mary" (Grand, 3(1 
week). Town's .stiffest scale at 
stands and sailed Into important 
money at $34,000 or little stronger; 
strength back of advance salts. 

"Broadway" (Central, 3d week). 
Keeps pegging away around $5,000, 
pushing net figures into profitahle 
column. 



Frisco Grosses 



San Francisco,. Oct. 2. 

"Good News" had little difficulty 
topping the town last week. "The 
Royal Family," at the Geary, was 
disappointing. Customers could not 
seem to get enthused. Guy Bates 
Post , made an exceptional Amerl. 
can return In "The Play's the 
Thing" at the Capitol and the ad- 
vance sale seems to Indicate a long 
healthy engagement. 

Henry Duffy scored another hit 
In presenting Marjorle Rambeau in 
"Antonia" and his "Daddies," at the 
President, held strong, demonstrat- 
ing the drawing power of Robert 
McWade. Third week at Over 
$5,000 Is Immense. 

"Easy for Zee Zee" continued to 
click at the Green Street with In- 
dications this French farce will b» 
here for a long time. 

Estimates for Last Week 
"Good News" (Currari). Musical 
seems to have caught on; second 
week firm at $23,000. 

"Play's tho Thing" (Capitol). Guy 
Bates Post not forgotten; scored 
decisively and bettered $13,500 first 
six days. . 

"The Royal Family" (Geary). 
Though highly praised by critics, 
failed to catch on; second week 
around $10,601) a disappointment. 

"Antonia" (Alcazar). Duffy picked 
a winner; Marjorie Rambeau at her 
best and sale picking up; first week 
passed $6,500; considered big. 
- "Daddiis" - (Pf esident). - Another 
big week; Bob McWade has firmly 
established himself with clientele; 
topped $5,500,. exceptional. 

"Easy for Zee Zee" (Green 
Street). Sid Goldtree hasn't any 
cause for worry; building right 
along and last week bettered $2,300, 
a substantial profit. • . 

Heavy Opposish for Minn. 
"Friends" Under $5,000 

Minneapolis, Oct. 2. 
I^git houses were badly hurt last 
week by the terrific opposition from 
the radio show, the vaude' and film 
theatres €uid the visit of Governor 
Smith. 

Although the critics were unani- 
mous in praising the play and com- 
pany, and despite that one paper 
even urged attendance editorially. 
"Whispering Friends" was estimated 
under $5,000 at the Metropolitan. 

Trade also fell off sharply at tho 
"Shuberty^^^where =^the=--Bainbrldgft^= 
Players, with IGdith Taliaferro fea- 
tured, wore around $4,500 with 
"Two Girls Wanted," a drop of 
fully $500 from the previous week. 
Musical comedy tab vcr.slon of 
"Bachelor Brides" brought about 
$4,200 to the Palace, where the Mc- 
Call-Brldge Players hold forth. 

Aided by special boxing and wres • 
tllng nights, the Gaynty. with "Stov 
Lively, Girls," Msi(u;il ljiirl*'.siiU'\ 
clos« to $4,000, 



Wednesday, October 3, 1928 



L E G I T I M AT E 



VARIETY 



53 



27 BROADWAY THEATRES DARK; 
DEAHtH OF NEW HITS BLAMED 

Eight New Show* Bring Only Two Money Winners 
i-^"Chee-Chee" Claims $28,000, Capacity— 
"Elmer" in Doubt— "Jarnegan" Promising 



New Layoff Word 



A new word has sprunp up 
among legitB that has bot-ii 
used in place of the oldtimo 
"at liberty." 

, "It's "naked" row In circu- 
lation. 



Theatre Guild s Subscriptions 

Outside N. Y. Denote Faith 



Early indications oC lively bnsi- 
ness In the legltimato fipld .nppoar:^ 
to have ;beon little hio re t hap a 
flash. Trade on Rroadway and the 
road i.s away under noinial levels 
for early October:- 

There are 27 dark theatres on 
Broadway this week. Wliile the full 
production complement has yet to 
be displayed, the steadily ineoming 
attractions have not filled up the 
gap."? beeaxise so mafiy of the earl iei- 
■arrivals have lieeri taken off. 

X'jvrious reasons are advanced foi- 
the attendance dulln'-ss, Movinf,' 
day must be .considered; also the 
sudden weather' cliiil of .ScptemV)e:-. 
More important a factor is the im- 
pending presidential e.-unpalgn he- 
c.au.'se of the vast increase of radio 
broadcasting over ■ otlier similar 
periods. Hecelving sets may be 
. tuned in any night to listen to noted 
speakers around the country, the 
'broadcalsts being hooked up in net- 
works that cart-y far and Avide. . 
Hits Needed as Stimulus 
The steady opposition of the pic- 
ture palaces? probably overshadows 
all . the other reasons for weak legit 
buslne!5s. ; Showmen and tlclcet 
BpecialistR look for real improye- 
mont, but are unable to predict 
•when better tln>es are to be expect- 
ed. Fresh, successes Would doubt- 
less aid the new .season. It is hardly 
a secret on Broadway that just a 
lew hits have turned up to date. 

Of the eight new shows last week 
only two appear to have a chaiiee 
at rekl coin, another m.iy get by, 
but the rest are distinctly doubtful, 
one shutting down this week. 
."Chee Chee," a musical, started 
very well at the Mansfield, claiming 
capacity, foir takings of about 
$28,000 in seven performances; 
"Jarnegan". is promising at the 
Lorigacre, claiming over $13,000; 
"The War Song" ended its fir.st 
weeic well, getting over $10,000 at 
the National; "By Request." was 
nioderately rated at the Hudson; 
•^Elmer the Great," at the Lyceum, 
won good revlew^s, but rating in 
doubt; "Adventure," at the Repub^ 
lie, will not dp; "Fast Life" will 
close this week at the Ambassador 
Among the dramas "Machinal' 
•tands out because of its steadily 
improved business; "The Front 
Page" is of course the leader of the 
division, always . over capacity for 
more than $25,500 weekly; "The 
Sigh Road" commands strong 
agency sales, too, rated at $18,000; 
"Strange Interlude" appears to' have 
an ' unlimited draw, capacity at 
$16,000; "Bachelor .Father" and 
"Diamond Lil," $14,000; "The Rig 
Fight" got $19,000 its second week, 
but that Is little more than half 
capacity, and not profitable; "Night 
Hostess" better at $11,000; same for 
"Heavy Traffic;" a little less for 
"Thie Royal Family;" "Gang AVar," 
$10,000; "Gentlemen of the Press" 
and "So This la Love." rated around 
. $7,000; the/ others ..stragsling_ down- 
war^,' worst oT all, "of coui-s*', 11k 
"Ladder," $400. 

"Show Boat" Still Tops 

"The Now Moon" stood up to first 
indications, bettering $39,000 fot the 
first full week at the Imperial; 
"Show Boat" is the musical leader 
again ' at . $50,000; "Scandals," 
$49,000, but not as strong in de- 
mand; "Vanities" excellent, $40,000; 
"Musketeers" over $35,000; "Rain or 
Shine," $33,000; "Rosalici" $30,000; 
"Good Boy" slipped off consider- 
ably, rated well under $30,000; 
"Blackbirds" big at $22,000 (moves 
to Eltinge Instead of touring) ; 
"Good News," $20,000; . "White 
Lilaes," $18,000, estimated; "Cross 
My Heart," $15,000; "Luckee Girl" 
claimed a bit more; "Connecticut 
Yankee." $14,00.0, 

In addition to "Fast Life," which 
will be followed at the Ambns.«ador 
by "Just a Minute" next week, 
-'^h^— SI leht==ir.)Til^e"^^^^ 
leaving the JlaiM-is, which will g'a 
"Gang War," whirh moves, over 
from the Morosco; latter lu/use gets 
"Ivittle Accident"; "Rincsldc" stop- 
ped at the Broadhurst last Satur- 
day, the housing rflighlinj; • next 
week wit )>, "Jff.ld Ev»-'r> thinu" ; "Tlx" 
Great I'uwer'' closi-d at the same . 
time at the Ritz,' wliieh '^Pt>-- '■four- I 
^ ape" next we<l;; ' Tlie Rig Pfmd" 



LA, Grosses 

Tyos Angeles, Oct. 2. : 
Belasco on top last week witli 
$15,300 in "The Sqtrall's" opener. 
Witli that the highe.st hereab()ut.=!, 
legit conditions remained under 
normal. 

"Happy Days'" second week 
■ after removal to the Mayan and 
I change in title (formerly ''Pair o 
Docs") dropped $700 under the 
previous week's $10,000, not so bad. 

Ma.jestic caught nearly $11,000 
with the IGtli week of "Desert 
Song." while "Arms and the Man' 
did $6,750 in third stanza a.t the 
Vine Street, 

Ninth week of "Lombardi, Ltd.' 
at Hollywood Playhouse, $5,000, 
with "The Best People" to follow 
October 7. 

"Wooden Kimono," fifth at the 
President. $5,500; Hollywood Music 
Box for five . days of "Tarnish." 
$8,900; "Shannons, of Broadway," 
first at El Cap! tan, $5,900; two per- 
formances of a new Tiddi-sh stock 
company at the Mason snatched 
$1,500. ■ . 

Orange Grove and Figucroa still 
dark; 

Road Bad Early 

Early withdrawalis from the road 
is indicative of disqouiaging busi- 
ness, out-of-town trade more than 
reflecting the dullness in New 
York. 

. Three companies of "Whispering 
Fi'iehds'! will be taken oft Saturday. 

"Present Arms" yanked out of 
Chicago after two weeks and 
jumped to Phila., Is reported being 
brought In. 



BOSTON LACKS PUNCH 
SHOWS; $23,000 IS TOP 

"Dawn" Leads Line-Up of 7^| 
"Paris Bound/' $12,000— 
"Hold Everything," $20,000 



Philly's Dps and Downs; 
Marx Show Smash I 



Costumer Attaches 

• Boston, Oct. 2. 
The Eaves costume company of 
New York secured an attachment 
against "Take the Air" last week, 
al.so an Injunctive proceeding re- 
straining the show from using the 
Eaves property. . 

The muddle ^'as partly .squared 
by the payment of $1,500, but it is 
understood the attachment was not 
vacated, standing against the show 
until the creditor is satisfied. 



P. A. SUES SHOW SPONSORS 

Max Karper, press agent for sev 
eral Yiddish theatres and column 
ist for the New York. American, has 
instructed his attorney, Louis Jack 
son, to start suit against Otto P 
Backer and James S. McBrlde, real 
estate opei-ators, for alleged non- 
payment for .services in ballyhooing 
"The Worst Woman in the World." 

This 1^ a play by Sidney Goldin 
which the real estate men; have 
been sponsoring. 



Boston, Oct. 2. 
It needs something better than 
haa shown here yet to put any pep 
into local legit business. Last week 
was an example. 

With plenty o£ the college boys 
back, the first day of the week the 
Jewish holiday and with constantly 
chilly and sometimes • wet weather 
there was but one house in town 
to better $20,000. Four of the seven 
got less thain $15,000' and one just & 
couple of thousarid above this 
llgiare. This despite that of the 
seven attractions here four are mu- 
sicals. 

Conditions' here are rather upset 
at best, especially In regard to book- 
ings as a result of the iiricertainty 
that handicapped the houses wlftn 
for weeks "there was ai possibility 
of several houses 'being dark be- 
cause ol union trouble. The Colo- 
nial, always been one of the big 
money-makers and which at this 
time of year could be counted upon 
to be doing around $30,000 mark 
with sonie musical, did in the vi- 
cinity of $13,000 last week with 
Thurston, the magician. Thurston 
got a good break 'by starting off his 
opening night with a $950 house. 

The Tremont, another of the so- 
called syndicate houses and always 
surefire, with "Just a Minute," 
minus anything in the way of a 
drawing name, picked up $17,000. 
When this attraction goes ouVthe 
end of this wfiek it looks as though 
the house will be dark for thr^e 
weeks, unpleasant prospect at this 
time. 

Ilollis, which was plugging along 
at about a $10,000 pace with "The 
19th Hole," has got "Dracula" for 
thriee weeks with everybody fam- 
.iliar with the house and its .cli- 
entele a bit anxious to see what the 
result will be. A better prospect 
for this house is "The Bachelor 
Father" following "Dracula." 

Having done the best business of 
the town last week with "Golden 
Dawn," which got $4,000 more last 
week than it did the previous week, 
the Shubert's have booked into the 
Shubert "The Queen's Taste," oper- 
etta, fresh from Its tryout, Every 
effort will be made to put this show 
over here. 

"Hold Everything," opening at 
the Majestic last week, while still 
in the process of being readied got 
away with a sweet gross of $20,000 
for the first week considering the 
.state of the show. This one goes 
out the end of this week with "The 
Silent Housev in. 

"Take the Air," at the Wilbur 
for several weeks. Is beginning to 
show the strain and slipped off 
$4,000 to $14,000. "Paris Bound." 
in its first week at the Plymouth, 
was a bit of a surprise in the vi- 
cinity of $12,000. It is figured 
Madge Kennedy was responsible for 
quite a bit of this trade. Matinees 
were especially strong. 

Estimates fop Last Week. 
"Take the Air"— (Wilbur, last 
weeks). Has been a pretty fair 
iiTOfrey-maker ^ since,- - although be- 



SHUBERTS CHANGE TITLE 



Title controversy between the 
Shubcrts and Jed Harris over, usage 
of "The Royal Family" . for a new 
Shubert operetta has been amicably 
adjusted. ' 

The Shubcrts will recaption their 
incoming musicar as "The Queen's. 
Ta,ste." 



"BLUES" UPTOWN 

"Triangle Blues," current at the 
Triangle, Greenwich Village, New 
York, for several months, will move 
to an uptown house in two weeks. 

It is a colored musical that has 
clicked in the downtown stand and 
may go . into Wallack's. 



olc-Aed at the Bijuu, cl.'irk; ."The 
=SDn R^\V-t-i ^^^r■"--a 1 so^w.c;ri.t.-..ofi:^.lu^ 
dark, but m.iy get "Oentlonu'n of 
the I're.<:s." now at the .Mill'-r; also 
coming next week are "I'l.s-ur 
Dai.^y" at the Slnibert, •'vVliite 
Lilaes" moving from then- to Jol- 
...cn's: '■P\'iu.«t." Guild; "P.n-is." 
Musie Box; "The Commr.n Sin." 
K(,rr"st, and "Tlie Ll^'lit r.f A.-!;i."' 
Ilampden'.-^, po.stpoticd fr'-rn tl.is 
wfek. 



ginning to show signs of weaken 
Ing; $4,000 drop to $14,000. 

"The Queen's Ta8te"^(Shubert. 
1st week). In hej-e Immediately 
after opening at Atlantic City tak- 
ing the place of "Golden Dawn".; 
latter show out after grossing 
$23,000 final . week; big money- 
maker of the town. 

"Just a Minute"— (Tremont, final 
week). Did $17,000 la.st week, off 
$2,000 from the week before; ca.'=;t 
changes being made, 

"Hold Everything" (Majestic, 
final week). Although new and fltill 
being revised did $20,000 opening 
week; cashed In some on "Good 
Ncvy-s" having been at house for 
several weeks last season; referenre 
to 'news' in ads. 

"Paris Bound"-- (Plymouth. 2d 
week). Rather a surpri.qc; $12,000 
first week: strong at matinees. 

"Dracula"— (Holllfl, 1st week). 
Peldom that this house gets a thril- 
ler: thin one here for three w^ek?:. 
In final week "19th Holr." did $9,000. 
^-.=^=T-h u rsto n-<^( GolonlalT=.iid.JtJti£dtl. Jto. 
fir.'^-.t ' wpek magician did $13,000; 
Inislnesn picked up after a rather 
wenk opening; . better things ex- 
pected of the new "Amerlr.nna." 
•:e))fdnlr>d to open next Monday. 



Philadelphia, Oct. 2. 
Ju.sL.two hou.ses, of the ten legit 
theatres in town, got any real 
money last week. 

The exceptions were "Animal 
Crackers" at the Shubert theatre, 
and "Hello Yourself," also a tryout 
musical, at the Kori-est. These two 
and "Billie," recently seen at the 
Garrjck, are so far the only real 
money .makers for Sept ember, dur- 
ing which time 18 slibws were here. 

Soino of the other shows got bet- 
ter grosses than they might other- 
wise have had by the good weather 
break Saturday. All the colleges 
around here started their football 
Saturday afternoon. When a heavy 
rain came along, a lot of the boys 
took their girls to a show instead. 

"Present Arms" failed to show 
much strength out at the Erlanger, 
and is now in its last week. The 
decision to curtail the irun to a fort- 
riight was made late. Saturday. 

"Ups-a-Da:isy" fell off some more 
in its second and last week at the 
Chestnut when the word got around 
that the show needed beaucoup fix- 
ing. A new book went In- Friday 
night, but that was too late to help 
attendance. "Sunny Days," in its 
third and final week at Keith's, was 
pitiful. 

"Mr. Money penny" got real money 
at its opening at the Garrick, mtvlnly 
as the result of an Intensive and 
extensivie campaign here among 
clubs and organizations. The critics 
were adverse, almost without ex- 
ception. Show had a $2,50 top, writh 
plenty of cheap seats, and on . the 
week it claimed, around $1.'),000, 
most of it due to the gqod start. 

Surprising last-minute strength 
was .shown by "The Command Per- 
formance," which proved to be a. 
great women's pl.ay. ; 

Next week was to have been with- 
out .1 solitary opening, but the flop- 
ping of "Excess Baggage," "Shan- 
nons of Broadway" and "Present 
Arts" will change that. The Adelphl 
will get "The Squealer." opening 
Thursday night. The Walnut has 
no booking as yet for next week, 
and the Erlanger may get a pic- 
ture. . ■ 

Oct. 15 the new Gertrude Law- 
rence musical comedy ait the Shu- 
bert; "RaihboAv," another musical, 
at Keith's, and bookings at the (War- 
rick and Broad as'y.et uncertain. 
Estimates for Last Week 
"Girl Troublie" (Broad, 1st week)> 
Modern comedy in for two weeks, 
possibly longer. "Command Per- 
formance" picked up in last few 
days, of its engagement and went 
out strong. 

"Animal Crackers" (Shubert, 2d 
week). Smash of .season to. date. 
Opening Tuesday, grossed almost 
$33,000. 

"Present Armo" (Erlanger. 2d 
week). Disappointment though no- 
tices were good; $16,000 claimed. 

"Interference" (Lyric, 1st week). 
English me.lodr.ama in for four 
weeks. Promising advance. "Pos- 
session" weak in final six days to 
$7,000. 

"Shannons of Broadway" (Adelphi, 
2d week). Flop in Philly and goes 
out Saturday. 

"Excess Baggage" (Walnut, 2d 
week). . Bloomer despite glowing 
reviews. Botwcen $6,000 and $7,000. 
Goes out Saturday with house prob- 
rtbiy ^jit^K a-^^eic" - 

"Mr. Moheypenny" "(Garrick, 2d 
Week). Pollock play had strong 
oj)enlng,- but dropped thereafter. 
At pop scale, $15,000. 

"Headin' South" (Keith's. 1st 
week). New Mclntyr© and Heath 
musical .show opening postponed 
unlll Wednesday. "Sunny Days" 



Tlieatre' Guild's efforts to estab- 
lish itself on a subseriiJtion basis 
in Ciucago, Boston, IMiiludelpliia, 
-Pittsburgh, Cleveland and B.altl- 
more, are mettlng with a success 
puzzling to ' some legit managers 
who have hitherto tried the sub- 
scription idea ; with scant results. 

At the end of its lirst season on. 
tour, The Guild will have between 
15,000 (minimum) and 20.000 sub- 
scrihers outside New Yoi-k City. 
Ba.<'ed on its experiences in New. 
York and with the advantage of 
sending only supees.ses on tour, it 
is figured that this number will 
double Itself tiie .second year. 

In Chicago, where the Guild had 
1,200 subscriber's for its fir-st sea-, 
son. at the Studebaker last season, 
there are over 6,000 enrolled for 
the current season at the Black- 
stone. In Baltimore, where but one 
Guild show, "Doctor'.s Dilemma," 
has been seen, the figure closely 
touches 2,000 at the moment and is 
figured to be over 2,500 by the time 
the engagement there opens? Oct. 
22. Pittsburgh and Cleveland both, 
contributed over 1,000 subscriptions 
for their first season, a number fig- 
ured as good by the fluild. Boston 
arid Philadelphia are both rated to 
be pro rata in the Chicago class. 

In only one of the six cities is 
the Guild playing under auspices. 
That is Philadelphia, where the Art 
Alliance is listed as the sponsor. . 
This ia because ot the organiza- 
tion's efforts in persuading the 
Guild to send one of its productions 
out of New York for a week. "Pyg- 
mallon-' went to. Phllly more than 
a year ago and played a capacity 
week at : the Adelphi just before 

In most of the cities, five plays 
are being given, "The Guardsma.n" 
and "Arms and the Man," played 
by one unit of actors; "Marco Mil- 
lions" and ^'Volpone" played by an- y 
other and "Porgy'* with Its negro 
cast, "porgy" plays here until late 
In March, when It goes to London 
for an engagement under the man- 
agement of C. B. Cochran. 

Next season the Guild will send 
the New York cast of "Strange In- 
terlude" out in the play, to be also 
given on a subscription basis. 

This subscription thing for the. 
road 13 a new thing for show busi- 
ness. 

• The Guild has purchased; for ex- 
hibition purposes, wax figures of 
the cast of its "Volpone" produc- 
tion. These figures are small, about 
seven Inches high, iand clothed lit 
replicas of the costumes. They were 
made by Hidalgo, a young Mexican 
worker in wax, who.se, caricatures 
of Lindbergh, Coolidge, Shaw, etc., 
received wide publicity through 
their reproduction In class maga- 
zines. The Guild also purchased the 
Shaw piece made by Hidalgo. 

To exhibit these pieces, a special 
case of heavy casing will be made 
and shipped around the country In 
advance of the play. 



Harder-Hall Move 

I The Harder-Hall Co. moves, from 
; rtira. N. Y., to Rifhmond, Ind . 
jwl:r)f It opens Oi;t. 15. 



pitiful at $8,000 or less last week. 

"Golden Dawn". (Chestnut, 1st 
week), OperetLa .sensation here last 
fall back for Indefinite engagement, 
but at another hpu.se. "Ups-a- 
Daisy" staggered badly In last 
week. 

"Hello Yourself" /Forrest, 2d 
week). Second big winner of week 
with belwf-en $:M.000 .'ind S'i.'i.OOO re- 
ported. Prob.Tble stay for some 
time. 

"Nous" Now All-Equity 

"Kntre Nous," which Andy 
Wright attfjniptod to float as an 
Ln on-.IO.qUl.iy ..r eyue_q.nA_.w_hlrt l.A l.<^w 
up In rehear».Tl two weeks ago has 
been taken over by Paul Ger.ard 
Smith. 

Smith will revamp the book and 
lyrics, placing it In rehear.sal next 
we<^k with 100 per c<^nt. E(iulty ca,st. 

Bozo Snyder and Mollie Willlains, ■ 
originally *-l!.h the .show will he re- : 
talned by Smith but will al.«o be | 
inducted Into lOO'iity. 



Rather Good Legit Biz 
In Providence; $2 High 

Providence, Oct. 2, 
(Drawing Population, 300,000) 
Weather: Coo| 

-- Three.~-big -legit attractlon.'i. la_at 

week; , ' 

Closing of the Albco stock Sjitur- 
day brought capacity all week. 

Peggy Wood in "Candida " at the 
Modern^ first guest .star, another 
attraction. ■ 

Opera House had 'The Great 
Necker," fairly well considering $2 
tax as agilnst $1 at the other ■ 
hou.sefl. 

The tab tales of mu.sical shows 
at the Carlton seems to bo holding 
out and thl.s theatre may .just as 
well stand pat with this as take a 
licking on pictures and vaudeville. 
Estimates for Last Week 
Albee— (K-O) (2,r,00; 20-$l). 
Clofflng week sell-out. Aroiinil $13,- 
000. 

Opera House (Ind) n,300; 50-$2). • 
"Grent Neek'T,". fair we'-k. I'^ur at 

Fay's (Kay) n,600; 1.^-7., i .Jackie 
(■Joog.Tii-ln per.^on.. Caimcity. Around 
$i2.r,oo. ■ ^ , 

Carlton (Fay) (1,6o0; IH-T..). Tub 
sr^f-msio be getting br UfT: ^-l.^Od. 

Modern (Fay JT rT'Tud ^v'M.T^- wirn - 
T'egu'y Wood In "Cnri'M.lJr' : 'I'l'J. 



"WOMEN" REVISION 

"Women," the Sdui lliin i :-.\H-i t 
Lewj;i .show, fitarrirui .I'-lm II.>!li.- 
day. will close .'ifter i>la\iiii; Neuaik, 
J., this week. 

It nfi'.'ds revision. 



54 



VARIETY 



L EG I Tl MATE 



Wednesday, October 3, 1928 



Plays on Broadway 



CHEE-CHEE 

. Lew Fields' musical production nulhored 
by . Ilerbevt FlcldB (book), Lorcriz Hart 
(lyrics) arid Rlohttrd Roduors (music), 
adapted from Cluirles Potlf's novel, "The 
Son of tho Grand . £unuch." Staged by 
Alexander I>6ft\vlch, dances by ' Hack Has- 
kell, orchestra .' by Roy Webb, costumes 
by John Eooih. . In two acts and seven 
Fcenes, ' cpenlnfr Sept. 25 at Fields' Mans- 
flcld, New York; ' 

A Eunuch .Ralph Qlover 

Another i ... . .Alan Lowe 

Prince Tno-Tee.i.......... Stark Patterson 

Ll-Ll-Wee. Betty Staibuck 

.Ll-Pl Slno. ............. .....George H.issell 

.Miss .Smile... ..Dorothy Roye 

LI-PI Tchou ......William Wllllhms 

Chec-Chee Helen Ford 

Ban Toy George All 

Narrow-MIndcd Owl William Grfflth 

Innkeeper ,. Philip Loeb 

Tartar Chief.. .George Houolon 

Leader of . Khonghouscs. .Marshall Bradford 

Radiance and Felicity WiUlnm Grfflth 

Profundity ......Philip Loeb 

Holy Emperor.; ..Ralph Glover 

Dancing Idols.. Masai Sanamli Violetta Aokl 
Girls of Ensemble— Gloria Rymar, -Biddy 
Boyd, Helm Mlrtel, Jean Caso-well, Cath- 
arine Huth, Ann Mycue, Velma Valen- 
. tine, Eugenia JReno, Betty Glass, Betty 
Shirley. Grace Shipp; Marie Felday, Ruby 
Poo, Evelyn Hannona, Evelyn- Kane, 
Bunny Moore, Urllda Smith, Pauline 
Hartman, Helen Bheppard..- 
Men— Gene Byrom. ' Charles Townsend, 
Frank White, Robert Davla, Al Blrk. T^sd 
White, Jay Llndsey, Jnul Jensen, Jamos 
Dale. Bob Matthews, Buddy Penny, R. 
P. HaM, Richardson Brown, George Xeh- 
rlan, Ted Shultz, Eddie Larkln. 



liah. He should stick to these triple 
rhymes, Intricate construction and 
original phraseology and foi:get all 
well meant but misdirected advice. 

"CheeTChce's" chance at the gate 
Is problematical. It's, not good en- 
tertainment and yet a morbid curi- 
osity in the daring theme may prove 
a financial life-saver.. What good 
elTect those songs may have must 
also bo reckoned with. One can 
never forget what an "I Love You" 
song hit did for a medioci-e musical, 
"Little Jessie James," some years 
ago. However, everything else con- 
sidering, "Chee-Chee's" appeal is 
decidedly limited to a class draw at 
the $5.50 scale. 

Abel. 



BILLIE 



Koss and Carl I'Yancis were among 
the ofreotive leads. 

"nillle" is enjoyable, entertain- 
ment. Thore are some .slow moments 
but with the performance lasting 
beyond 11.30 on the opening night 
it should not be much of a trick 
to prune a bit. 

A muslral. comedy moderately 
scaled, it is aimed for popularity. 

' Ihee. 



. Between "Ch6e-Chee". and Mae 
West's newest opera, "Pleasure 
Man," West 47th becomes the theat- 
rical red light district and the great 
American neutep gender Is In Its 
element, : 

For all of Its cleverness, for all 
of its radical departure in operetta 
construction, for all of ' lis tuneful- 
ness of score <and Richard Rodg- 
ers haa never before fashioned a 
more > tuneful collection of song 
settings), "Chee-Chee" not alone is 
decidedly limited for a class draw, 
but further negates Its economic 
opportunities by an unhappy theme 
which leaves t^e auditor consider- 
ably uncomfortable, whether he Is 
alone 6t in mixed company. 

As far as Variety's thick-skinned 
mugs are concerned, anything goes 
T-and does — but between this and 
"Pleasure Man," the . ^xploslveness 
of "Front Page" and the utterly 
vlcloui expletives of "Jarnegan," 
careful Indeed must the layman be 
where he escorts any feminine com- 
panion. 

"CheerChee" hasn't even the sav- 
ing grace of a provocative theme. 
Its libretto is decidedly dull and 
Its unfolding Is lethargic and well 
nigh boresome. Young Fields' yoe- 
man endeavors to colloquially adapt 
such old saws as "I wish I had a 
hotel with 1,000 rooms and flrti you 
dead In every one. of them" by 
paraphrasing, it as "wouldst that I 
had 1,000 pagodas so I could 
!.;rangle you in every one of them" 
only served to heightew the natural 
comedy deficiencies of It all. 

Charles Petit's original nova!, 
"The Son of the Grand Eunuch." 
the source of libretto inspiration 
for "Chee-Chee," has to do with 
two elements: masculine sterility, 
and feminine laxity. If that's fit- 
ting fare for stage reflection, much 
less in musical form, then Mae 
West Is the feminine Shakespeare. 

Helen Ford as the title player, 
"Chee-Chce," wife of William Wil- 
liams, who plays the son of the 
Grand Eunuch, flits through two 
acts and seven scenes engaged in 
the dutiful task of saving her hus- 
band's ll.'e at the expense of her 
"honor." However, she thinks noth- 
ing of it, because, says she, "1 have 
kept mysplf pure in mind." 

Betty Starbuckr a "G a r r I c k 
Gaieties" alumna, teamed with Stark 
Patterson in the juvenile parts, reg- 
istered on thoir own with a song 
. and dance and a natural conception 
Of CTsnredy values,- although they 
were additionally fortified by some 
excellent song a!5.slgnments. Wil- 
liam Griffith, for all his Edwynnlsh- 
ness, was a welcome comedy high- 
light. 

George Houston, as the Tartar 
. Chief, was equally effective and 
^larshall Bradford, Philip Loeb. and 
jMa-sa Sanariii assisted by Violetta 
Aokl, the latter a pair , of unusual 
"dancing idols," completed the oper- 
etta persohae. This marks Houston's 
debut in mu.slcal comedy, having 
toured as soloist with different sym- 
phony orchestras In concert as well 
as with the Schola Cantorum and 
the Oratorio Society. He impressed 
favorably as one of Chee-Chee's" 
several not too menacing "menaces."' 
The elder Field.s has done well 
by his favorite authors on the pro- 
duction end . and general mounting. 
Jack Haskell on the dance staging 
contributed nicely on behalf of the 
18 girls and 16 boys, as did Alex 
Leftwich on the book staging, 
liandlcappod as he was by Herbert 

FieTdTgnffirfetto T • • ■ ■ 

Musically, it Is to be regretted 
that Rodgers wasted the best score 
he has -ever turned out on "Chee- 
Chee." With L?irry Hart's collabo- 
ration, they, have five cinch clicks 
in "I Must Love You," "Moon of My 
Delight," "The Tartar Song," "Dear, 
Ohi Dear" and "Better Be Good to 
Me," the latter two corking for 
dance. Hart, lyrically, seems to 
have been ultra, class -conscious and 
striven hard for simplification. This, 
too, Is regrettable for Hart is at his 
best when he Is at his best En£^- 



. Musical comedy In two acts presented at 
Eriangcr's Oct. 1 by George M. Coliari; 
book, lyrics and score. by Mr. Cohan; 8t(iged 
by Edward Royce and Sam Forrest. 

Maid. . ; .' .June O'Dea 

Hahkin '. . , Joe Ross 

Bob Wallace. .....Robinson NcwbolO 

Jackson Jones. Joseph WagstafC 

Winnie Sheldon. .......Marjorle. I^ane 

Mrs. Ambrose Gerard Ina Ha^ward 

Peter Pembroke. ............. .Carl Francis 

Blllle Polly Walker 

Wilbur Cheatlngton .Emie Stanton 

Sir. Alfred Huntington... Vul Stanton 

Harry Thompson David London 

Higglns.. Richard Barry 

Judge SpotswoQd Joseph Kennedy. 

Page..... ..Ethel Allen 

Will.. .Billy Bradford 

Marion..... .Marlon Hamlltoa 

Charles. Charles Sabln 

Sheriff..... ............Larry L. Wood 

Gnbver Sheldon.. Albert Froom 



With a tuneful score, holding 
three or four potential sonig hits, 
good book with a goodly . share of 
laugh-comedy, plenty of dancing 
and an all round clever cast, George 
M. Cohan's new "Billie" as at Jilr- 
langer's Monday night figures to be 
a winner. 

It is an all-Cohan show as to 
writing and score. The book is 
based on his success of other sea- 
sons, "Broadway Jones," but it hat: 
been . smartened up. : The satire Is 
more pointed. In the second act 
especially, the fun bubbles?. 

"Billie" is Cohan In his very best 
humor. 

Polly Walker, the dainty lass who 
shone In Cohan's "MeiTy Malones" 
last season, is the star of the new 
show. Her name Is In lights atop 
the theatre, the show's billing and 
title being elsewhere on the ex- 
terior. Such a quip cracker as Rob- 
inson Newbold is again aniong 
Cohan's comedians and such a 
laughable pair as Val and Ernie 
Stanton have been added. 

There Is a. new face. Joseph 
Wag^taff, handsome youth and a 
model juvenile, a kid vvho was out 
on the road with a musical show 
last season. From his perfprmance 
he belongs to Broadway. The first 
nighters went for him hard. 

"Where Were You?" ductted by 
Miss Walker and Wagstaf£, Is a 
peachy number. So is Miss Walker's 
"Billie" and the boy's "Happy"— 
they wanted more of Wagstaff with 
it and later. The duo again come 
to the front just at the close of 
the show with "The Two of Uis." 
It is a slow tempo numbor. in fact 
no little of the score is akin a.nd 
perhaps it's Cohan's idea to show 
a chanjre of p.aoe from the usual 
dash and. rush of the modern musi- 
cal comedies. The finnle was given 
a gentle curtain, different too. 
Billie and her boy are left >standing 
before the silken curtain and for 
the actual end thoy are in embrace. 

The' Stantons, Val as an. English- 
man and Ernie as his lawyer, were 
in front of the .«!ilk drop in the first 
act. It was not a specialty sincc- 
the dialog hoid^t^ do^ with 'the story. 
The second act f ound "tire "brothers 
again alone and in a .spot. It was 
an olfice scene, partly mentioning 
the plot but the phone bit was the 
reail idea and the laugh of the even- 
ing. 

The story has to do with young 
Jackson Jone.s who has g;one broke 
and gotten, hlni.self entangled to a 
somewhat worldly widow. Comes a 
message his uncle died leaving him 
the chewing gum factory. All hands 
off to the Connecticut town and 
there the kid meets the girl, Billie, 
the secretary. 

Jonesy Is .all for her and of course 
they marry, tossing off the factory 
for a mere five million. 

The mentor-, kidder and what not 
of the proceedings is Newbold. He 
coaches Billie how to catch young 
Jones, HtalLs off the widow (Ina 
Hay ward), threatens to sock the 
English gent in the mush and han- 
dles the Cohan comedy lines in the 
telling way he ahvjiys has. Many 
a laugh in his spare system come.'' 
^o.u.t.audj:igM.=^;^,-_^^^.^_„^:_^_^ 

Miss W.'ilkor in addition to^hei-; 
sweetness and plea.«ant voire is n' 
graceful stopper, nnd so many of 
the others .show d.mce skill the ver- 
.satlllty of the oast is noi.ahle. Billy 
Bradford and M.ai'ion Ilamiltoh are 
the specialty dancers, rating well 
in the second act i)artioularly A 
ballet of eight toe dancers attracts 
attention. They were not billed as 
from any special Instructor or train- 
ing school. Charles Sabln d.anced 
one number with Miss Walker. 

Marjoric Lane, Miss Ilayward, Joe 



ADVENTURE 

Miplodr.ima In thn>e actd by John Wlllari^. 
Pre.<ientPd n,l the Republic Sept. 25 by Ber- 
nard Steele, Inc. Staged by Steele and 
RoUa Lloyd. Roberta Arnold featured. 

Kitty. ... , .Ruth Hunter 

Clerk Harold Kennedy 

Ctol. Stetson.. , ..Joseph Kggcnton 

Michael O'.Shanfe.; John B. Liter 

Jane Merwln , ; Helen Mayon 

Dolores Hampton . ; . . . . .\ . ; . Roberta Arnold 

"Spider"..... Clyde Dllson 

First Herder .;.J. Gordon Kelly 

Pedro. Hollo Lloyd 

Second Herder... Ernie Telle 

"Angel" Evans , ...Harry E). Southard 

Steve Lane ....,.T.feo Kennedy 

Jed Hampton. . , . ........ . .William ingersoll 



Rather attractive title, but as a 
play it resembles a western picture, 
and they have gone out of style. 
"Adventure'" Is a long-drawn-out 
tale. It has some color supplied by 
the cow hands and sheep herders of 
the Wyoming ranges, but that Isn't 
enough to lift it above the. rating ol 
a cut-rater. 

John Wlllard, author-actor, whose 
mystery play, "Cat ,and Canary," 
was his most successful writing,- 
hegan with a good. Idea, that of the 
Adventure League, composed of men 
who had been overseas. In the big 
war. and who still are imbued with 
the over-there spirit, rather than 
routine work.- Applied to his Story 
here the idea seems to have been 
wasted. 

(t. too lengthy first act in the 
lobby of a small uptown New York 
hotel introduces the hero, called 
Michael O'Shane, and the heroine. 
Dolores Hampton. She has been 
east four years and Is about to re- 
turn to her father's cattle ranch 
when she meets the romantic 
O'Shiane.. The. latter has been of- 
fered the job of breaking up the 
depredations against a sheep range 
by the cowboys of the Hampton cat- 
tle ranch; adjoining. Ho takes the 
Job because it is out there close to 
the elusive Dolores. 

Scene shifts to Bitter Creek with- 
in what Is billed as a hotel. Cow- 
hoys and sheep herders are gam- 
bling, rough mugs. Somebody has 
been picking off Jed Hampton's cow 
hands with a rifle frorri the hills. 
Nobody suspects Michael, regarded 
as a. tenderfoot sent- out for his 
health. 

The old rancher hires Angel 
Evans, bad man from Texas, to dis- 
cover the shooter. Evans rates him- 
self as second to none on the draw, 
and bumps off a herder in a poker 
game to prove it. 

It Is Evans who ferrets out Mich- 
ael, though, of course, Dolores has 
known It all along. 

In the. end the girl gets her man. 
Michael had 5ust snuffed out Evans, 
beating, him to the draw. 

Except for the shooting "Adven- 
ture" is too even. Comedy content 
is Ineffectual and the drama is hard- 
ly thrilling. Roberta Arnold is love- 
ly as Dolores. John B. Litel, put 
ol stock, looks and iacts very well 
the romantic,, nervy Michael. Sev^ 
eriil bad men were capably done by 
Harry D. Southard and Rollo Lloyd, 
while William Ingersoll Is a good 
pick for the old rancher. 

Bernard Steele is presenting the 
.show. He is a stage director an;l 
teamed with Lloyd In putting on 
"Adventure." It is understood that 
outside money is backing Steele, but 
thiere is no chance of the attraction 
being profitable.^, Ihcc. 

BY REQUEST 

Farce comedy In three acts. . Prosr»iile(l 
.by George M. Cohan at Hudson Sept. -7. 
WrUte.n by J. C. Nugent nnd Rlllo.tt N'u- 
gent." ."Blagen"' b7^'Sam"-Fo^K^st;-•-]Clllo^^ 
Nugent featured. 

William Abbott. .Elll.Ht Nugc-m 

Jean Abbott Norm.i Loo 

John Hector Henry... J. C. Nugent 

Claudia Wynn Verree Tea.sdalc 

Hal Curtis,-} Grant Mill." 

Judith Swimn. . .Eleanor Wlnalow Wlllliims 

Froddl(! Page Harry McNaushton 

Antonio Ulnl , Jules Epallly 

Gerald Onglow. . . . , : .Wills rialre 

I'Ullman Porter. ...... ..... .Charles Ualturi 

"Hcd Cap".... .....Milton C. Herman 



Geo. M. Cohan behind the newest 
play by the Nugents. Both are in 
the cast. Nothing new for the Nu- 
gent family, but this time the pater 
thrusts the son forward, Elliott be- 
ing the sole featured player. "By 
Request" has been showing in ao.'ir- 
by stands for some, six weeks and 
liked. That goes for the premiere 
at the Hudson last Thursday, thougn 
in a more Intimate theatre its run 
pos.sibilitlcs might be more favor- 
able. - 

"By Request" is comedy with a 
farcical trend. Tells the talc of a 
small-town boy who thinks he is 
Jnow^J.liy;edjwItji the New York hug. 
Often the char^^cTers~staik'^Tyn-=^at: 
surprising times, but the dialog i." 
mostly bright and humorous. 

J, C. and Elliott Nugent wotu 
home in localing their horo. Wil- 
liam Abbott is assistant editor of 
tho Independent at Massilon, O. He 
is in New York, for tho purpo.^es 
of the play, to sec John Henry, who 
has added the paper to his string. 
The Nugents are from Ohio, but 
their town is Dover. 

Bill is for becoming New York 
correspondent. He has sr^ibbed 



himself a picture star's studio tem- 
porarily, and likes life in the big 
town, along with its artists, actors 
and so forthi Bill is Just about fall- 
ing for Claudia, blonde vamp, but 
he tells her ' frankly he has been 
married to Jean for four years, still 
very miich in love with her and 
never thought of having an affair. 

Joan suddenly bursts in from 
Massilon. She is all agalrist Bill's 
idea of moving to New York; she 
misses the front porch out home. 
It doesn't, take Jean, long to see 
there Is. something on between the 
confectionery Claudia and her Bill. 
There is a tifC. Acting on the ad- 
vice of a girl friend who believes a 
man who strays once In awhile Is 
glad to come back home, she insists 
that Bill take a trip to Bar Harbor 
with the vamp, . 

. The final act sees Bill and Claudia 
In a Pullman drawing room, the 
situation being most comic at that 
point through Bill's shyness. He 
escapes for a moment to pep up 
with a drink, returns to squabble 
with Claudia, who exits to' a single 
berth. 

In an adjoining, compartment (s 
little Jean. Through a similarity In 
dressing robers, he carries her . into 
the drawing room, dumps her abed 
and climbs Into the upper berth 
himself. He hag been kissing her 
picture In his watch, and freshly 
realizes Jean is the only woman for 
him. Henry Is pn the same train, 
and be.ore the party troops Into 
breakfast Bill gets the editorship of 
the Massilon paper, happy to take, 
air from New York. 

Elliott Nugent as the young ed- 
itor Is quite the Juvenile and gulli- 
ble, even fpr Massilon. There is a 
drynfess about his comedy that re- 
sembles that of hia father's, but no 
imitation. The .^qulet - and always 
effective individuality of J. C.'s im- 
personation of the newrgpaper mag- 
nate comes to the fore at important 
stages. Norma Lee (young Mrs. 
Nugent) was peppy . but sweet as 
Jean. Verree Teasdale Is the pretty 
Claudia. Somebody in the audience 
remarked that if Bill didn't take her 
to Bar Harbor he would. Harry 
McNaughton did very well a;s an 
illustrator who made funny or fresh 
rem-arks when in liquor. Balance 
of the cast so-so. 

"By Request" principally depends 
on its dialog for the first two acts, 
and then It is a matter of situations. 
The second act sagged In the mid- 
dle, but the show is amusing and 
should achieve moderate success.. 

, Ihee. 



A PRINCE THERE WAS 

(Yiddish) 

Operetta in three acta and a prolog. 
Produced by Schulninn and Goldberg un- 
der tlie supervision of Ludwlg Satz. Writ- 
ten by Harry Kalmonovltch. Musto by 
Herman Wohl, lyrics by H. StutchkofC and 
Lndwig Safz. Starring Ludwlg Satz. 
Dances arranged by- Katchatofsky. At 
Public. New York, Sept. 28, $2.00 top. 

Rob Bainl.slr . '. .' Sam Blunri 

First Jew .Chalm Kornfeld 

Second Jew .M. Bermaii 

S Prince ., Leon- Gold 

Mlrelo '. Nadya Dranova 

Schnlndele ....Pauline Klelda 

Lalbke I. Ijuplnsky 

Esther Fannie T<ubrlt-/Uy 

Chatzkel Ludwlg Satz 

An Officer- ., .....Charles Nathanson 

Tfjrtar General Michael Wllen.sky 

A Tzar .....Sidney Hart 

A Priest Boris Rosenthal 

Olga .Zlna Goldstein 



From the common, low-brow, or 
commercial point of view it's not a 
success. De.spite that it's another 
pan on Russi.a and a mythical czar, 
and with the oppression of Jews as 
its major theme, it will not please 
the people whom this play was ex- 
pected to dr.aw because the patron- 
izers of the Yiddish, theatre rarely 
fall for operettas, regardless of 
-(luiility. Aside from that, it has .1 
«la))sti(k oyniedian attempting the 
loading role without the vocal de- 
livery renuhed. Ludwlg Satz is 
billed over the title, his nanie evi- 
dently being used for whatever it 
niay be \v.orth~"to^dmw"-Dn'"the East 
Side. 

Having tlio star of the play mis- 
cast in a weak, Inappropriate, in- 
sufficient role is only one of tlie 
minor faults. It's a weak produc- 
tion from every angle. The story 
unfolds and blossoms Into a repe- 
tition of Xvhat. hiis already been 
written and staged for these many 
score years now — relative to the 
cruelties and stupidities of oppres- 
sive Russian rvilers, and . there are 
no. new or novel angles to recom- 
mend It for a renewed lea.se of life. 

The lyrics hold a few odd laughs 
but only in spots. Music, like the 
book, also has a. familiar tinge. 
Practically every Yiddish musical 
produced on the .street has had. 
something similar. It seems that 
the Yiddish composers are limited 
to a scale of five notes , with which 
they make endless combinations, all 
registering alike. 

Of tho performers Faimie Lu- 
britzky socms to be the only player 
KuitJibly cast; and carrying through 
her ~ wlMM{""ih ii!ft=lilrerublc^=i^ 
tho prima donna, 5Iina Goldstein, 
.another songstress, who also has 
the role of the court vamp, has cul- 
tivated a deep gurgle that ruins 
everything. . 

Sat^ does well with a few com- 
edy, situations, but these arc lack- 
ing In strength and there isn't 
enough comedy called for in the 
book' for him to really appear at 
his best. Boris Rogenthal delivers 
a convincing, through slightly 
overdrawn, characterization of the 



slnigtcr. Intriguing Russian High 
Priest. 

Aside from that there's the mea- 
gre story o£ the country lad whoa© 
quick-mindedness saved tho Prince 
from the Tartars. As a reward the 
Prince brings the boy to court, tries 
to' take his girl, and at the same 
time sets the High Priest and the 
court vamp to w-ork in an endeavor 
to convert him to the Christian 
faith. 

Ifrom the artistic angle there 
would be no I'eview. There is no 
art in weakness. Mori. ' 

The Would-Be Gentleman 

Opening the third aeaaon of the Clvio 
Repertoire Theatre, directed by Eva Le- 
GalUonne, with the revival of a play by 
MoUere, adapted by F. Anstey (Thoman 
Anatey Guthrie); .staged by Miss LeGal- 
llenhe; settings and cdstumea designed by 
Aline Bernstein and Jacqueline Knight; 
settings by Cleon Throckmorton, painted 
by Horace Armlstead; dances by J. Bliake 
Scott; at- the Civic Reper;tolre theatre (14tU 
street), Oct. 1; $1.50 top. 

Muflic Master ,. .John Eldriedge 

Nicole ...Beatrice de Neergaard 

Dancing Master. ........... .j. Blake Sobtt 

M. Jourdaln. ....,»..Bgon Brecher 

Baptlste, Lackey.......... "...Walter Beck 

Second Lackey. ^ ... Robert Ross 

Music Master's Pupil. . . .. .Adelle Scl)uyler 

Fencing Maister. ............ .Paul Loyssac 

Profeesor of Philosophy. .. . .Sayro Crawley 

Madame JoUrdaln Alma Kriiger 

pomte de Chateau-GalUard 

Donald Cameron 

Luclle Jourdaln , .RIa Mbone/ 

Cleonte Dubois. Harold Moulton 

Covlelle, Valet to Dubois 

J. Edward Bromberg- 

Tailor Lewis Leverett 

Ills Assistant ;...'.....:....L{tndon Herrlck 
Marquise de Mpntlgnac. . . . . . .Mary Morris 

Page. .Harold Francis 

Cook's Assistant.... ..Vernon Jones 

Dancers^. . .J, Blake Scott, jocelyn Gordon 
Muslclam: 

Theodore Zarkevlch, Coostantlna 
Sheytchen, Peter Tcharkoveky. Abra- 
ham Bfttken and Paul iZamulenko 
Slave-H ........ Herbert Shaplrof, Ted Fetter 

Dervishes: 

Margaret I.<ove, Glesca Marshall, 
Jocelyn Gordon, Robert Ross, Lewis 
Leverett, Landon Herrlck. 

Mufti, . , ... .John Eldredge 

Guests.,... Agnes McCarthy, Leslie Cooley 

Nothing of great consequence. 
Miss Le Galllenne's worthy effort is 
predicated on the need ow a non- 
commei*cial theatre to present 
profitless plays which otherwise 
would not get a hearing. So far she 
has given the world "Cradle Soiig" 
— and that would be a money hit 
for any producer. Her repeated of- 
ferings of other esoteric, drahias, 
comedies and tragedies, have borha 
little fruit. 

"Le Bourgdis Gentilhomme" of 
Moliere, which is the original o£ 
this sea'son's opening opus, is - a 
credible and ctedltable farce. This 
day and generation could stagger 
and struggle along without it. But 
it will see and support worse. Thus, 
it Is only so-so. . And who wants to 
go to 14th street to see the so-so? 

Egou Brecher, a Teutonic .actor 
of. the "bid school" whp Seems to 
be an especial favorite of Miss Le 
Galllenno (and not entirely for 
naught) gets the role of Jourdaln, 
almost a monolog. Except for an 
occasionally Qermanlc dialect that 
bobs through, Brecher-^more ac- 
customed to heavy and drab dra- 
matics than light and low comics- 
hands fotth a rather decent show. 

The other principals are famil- 
iars of lagt season, recoignized by- 
the overflow audience that graced 
the season's premiere of the bo- 
loyed Le Galhehne's third period 
of stage elevation. Among these the 
beauteous Beatrice de Neergaard 
and Marry Morris shone, forth in 
mionr, but notable Moliere-Itles. 
Miss Le Gallienhe did not deign her 
personal presence in this offering, 
nor w'as there any sign of Nazim- 
ova, broadcast as the guest star 
of this year's Civic Repertoire. 

The settings were excellent and 
tho costumes, of a medieval pe- 
riod, truly splendid. IMo Outlay was 
spared on this affair. Miss Le Gal- 
lienne, poor as she and her uplift 
may be, is no piker. The prodigal 
Al Woods would not have invested 
It with anything more lavish. But 
— he probably would not touch any 
pjart of it with a stage-brace. It 
u n veil lit?' 7the""^non - fiscal -is Migs 
Le Galllenne's mission, she is true 
to it here in every way. 

The principal charm of "The 
Woiild-Be Gentleman" (as in "Vol- 
pone," though the Theatre Guild's 
middle-centuries resurrection had 
far more sex appeal) lies in Us 
adaptability to modern . isati re. 
Played with all fidelity In the at ^ 
mosphere of Its time, acting' its age, 
it is still a costumed modern. 

It has' to do with an amorous and 
pgotistlcal commoner, who, grow- 
ing rich and bald, experiences and 
pursues the urges of gallantry, 
fashion, dame-copping and those 
other absurdities which go with the 
silly age of an idle pinhead. His 
harriden wife rUles him, his Im- 
pecunious and flattering young 
friend uses and bamboozles him, 
tho tradesmen and servants take, 
and trim him, !ind he preens him- 
.solf nnd fanc'l9s ho is a Don Juan 
wit, hail fellow' and sly rogue. 

It runs on, developing the char- 
jT-cter ^with int^'donts rather than 
Aviih fVr'o"grps.s~Tn'^1otr'£inTd--"tho-^^^ 
ing is what might be termed 
"hapi)y." Tlio acting i.s about as 
up-nnd-up as is usu.ally found in 
revivified seven toonth century com- 
edies. Tlie direction is intelligent 
iC not brilli.Tnt. There are laughs 
.and the evening spins along kind oC 
pleasnntly. 

That the Civic Repertoire The- 
atre, founded on Ml.ss Le Oallienne'.^ 
motto — "The theatre Is Important 
(Continued on p.a^o 55) 



Wednesday, October 3, 1928 



L E G I T I M A T E 



VARIETY 



55 



Plays Out of Town 



MOLLY AND ME 

'. All)any. N. Y., Oct: 2. 
David K. tjubloalty prcsenta ,Fllio O'llai-a 
Jn musical romance. IJook by Aiiion I<\ 
<5clbllla. A'flnpiwl from i>lay by Do Witt 
Nowlnfr. Lyrics avW mxislc l)y George , D. 
■wiest, Sclbllla .nml Mac k GorUon. Dances 
f)l:iB< (l by Bunny WclUon. 

ilurph . , , 

Ji'i ry rennlnston 

Tommy. • •:• • • • • 

.Tack of C.'onliiw. . . . . . . 

Lord Oonlaw, 

Molly •• 

Sir Daniel Tlmpton. .. 
Robert Blake.;........ 

purser. • • 

ITlora'. .....,••..•«•• • •■• ' 



. . . , .Barney Fagan 
Aldls Hartlutt 
. Aljpn • York. 
...... Flskc O'llara 

;..Thoni;in Morrison 
...Florence .Trevor 
. . .Jack. Ilealy 
... .. .Wulior CBr.son 

. . , . .Paul Darnollp. 
, . , .Ardullo Gleave.s 



Fiske O'Hara. was a disappoint- 
ment In his new road show, "Molly 
and Me,", opening at the Capitol 
Wednesday. 

"Molly and Me" Is an ela-boration 
of O'Hara's vaude play. It had been 
overpa.dded. Particularly/ in the 
first act the show lacks life, alow 
and out of tempo or rhythm. The 
two acts run through 100 minutes, 
most of which Is dull. Chorus is 
small, about 12 girls. Enough good 
material, however, to make it sin 
entetralnlng mu.sical show. Barney 
Pagan, old-tlmo Irish comedian, is 
not given the opportunity deserved. 
He plays a servant. : 

Helen Flynn, talented dancer, 
ranks high and helpa to enliven. 

Natalie and Darnelle .brighten up 
a rather ragged, and slow perform- 
ance. .They go through their risky 
dancing act with ea.se and grace. 

Mr. O'Hara has an attractive per- 
'sorialityl but that is about the best 
one could say about him in this 
show at present. 

"Molly {iind Me" played in Albany 
for one night. It . is going to Lon- 
don, Canada, and eventually expects 
to reach Chicago, it is said. 

MR. MONEYPENNY 

riu'.adelphia, S(n)t..l:S, 

Cliannlng PoUotk'is new play ; iiroduced 
by Rlcbarii- Bolqslavsky ; production .stajseil 
by K'^bert lidmond Jones, a-sslstcd by L. 
Dale Stetson and Frances Hand; Incidental 
music by Kay Warburg.- 

Here is a play that is a .strange 
mixUire of several moods and one 
that aims to please several con- 
trasting tastesV "Whore it will ■ ap- 
peal to some groups 61 theatregoers, 
it will have no interest for others, 
and Where, the latter lind ehlertain- 
mcnt, the former will see only 
boloney. 

In story substance and theme, 
"Mr. Moneypenny" £611o^ys in the 
footsteps of Channing Pollock's 
earlier .plays, "The Fool" and . "The 
Enemy." It Is a. draniatic preach- 
ment, with the author assuming the 
position of a soap-box orator rail- 
ing against evils of our modern 
clvilizatibn. In "Mr. Moneypenny,*; 
he describes to his audience all the 
evils of striving after; the almighty 
dollar, not only in spirit, but in the 
dialog. His development of his 
action also runs in passively con- 
ventional lines, 

The dramatist's chief protagonist 
Is a humble bank, worker, .Tt)hn 
Jones, who, when we first meet him, 
is bewailing the deadening and 
crushing monotony and hardship of 
his daily routine; Templed by mam- 
mon, in the gui.se of an immaciilato, 
oily gentleman in dress clothes and 
a swagger cane, named Mr. Money- 
penny, Jones sets about to make 
himself rich without worrying about 
the means to the end. 

In substance, this is another 
morality play. Except for "Money- 
penny," the character.** arc given 
names,, and not titles like Vice, 




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Irtuo', Brink, cti-, Hnwcvvr, :ill 
eso familiar I'm'uri'.s appear' d ui-in^ 
e cour.st) of llu! UL-tion. 

Mr, Pollock has be.stowod upun 
is current piece the most elaUorato 
ind of staging and scenic Invcstl- 
ure. llerp is whore the other angle 

of potential audience appeal coinos 

in; 

"The "arty" crbwd may rave ovir 
le .imjH-e.ssionlstic treatment given. 
Incidentally, "Mr. : Moneypenny" i.-? 
one of the noLsiost pieces ever 
staged.. It gives the audience lic 
chance to .hear itself think. .. ■ 
The author-producer ' has pro- 
ided an exceptional cast. Donald 
Meek wais an ideal oholte for the 
timorous, nervous, pathetic Jonf?s, 
and Hale HiimiKon Is. sulllciently 
.sini.ster and malevolent as Money- 
penny. It Is a tough assignment 
for him Inasmucii as he walks in 
and out of the action, a detached 
and unreal figure. Maj'garot Wych- 
erly gives dignity and repression 
to Mrs. .Tones, arid Catherine pale 
Owen is a striking and seductive 
figure as. Glory, a vamp In the 
story. Ruth Nugent and John P. 
.Seymour .*iupply some rather sac- 
charine love i.nterost. 

"Mr. Moneypenny'' uiight have a 
chance to get by on Its ultra-mod- 
ern method Of presentation .with 
the sophisticates, and on its dra- 
matic preachment with Pollock's 
chentele. byt the two hardly mix. 
well.- Morality plays click price in 
a whilCi but recent ones have not 
fared So .succe.ssfuUy, and this one 
looks uncertain. Wate.ra. 



ANIMAL GRACKERS 

Philadelphl.a, Oct. 1. 
Snm H. Harris presents tiie Marx Broth- 
ers In .a new. .musical comedy. Book and 
lyrics by .(?eorpe, S. Kaufman and Morris 
Uy.skfnd. -Lyrics arid music by Bert Kal- 
miir and Harry Ruby; Play directed by 
O.^icar ICagle. Dnnce.-i orninBCd bv Kus.seII 
Markert. ScttlnKs ocslsrned by Raymond 
Sovey. .Costumes by 'Mabel Johnston/ 



Eryine's Opinions 



The morning World's critic, 
St. John .Krvlne/ brought over 
from Ijontlon to review Proad- 
wray, witnessed four new pro- 
ductions last week. Ho 
thought: . 

"Jarnegan" — Bad. 

"Cheo-Chee"— J3ad. 

"Fast Life"— Bad. 

"By Request"— -Fftir. 



CARRYING YOUR OWN 



There is every indication the 
Marx Brothers, have another sriiasn 
hit in this ela:borate musical pro- 
duction. .. The .fifth Sam Harris try-, 
out of the season so far in Philadel- 
phia. 

"Animal Cracksrs" is in every re- 
spect a Marx .show. A duir intro- 
ductory period will be cut aind 
trimmed before the .show is much 
older. ! 

The production is heavy and gor- 
eous. The costurhing rich and 
colorful; Russell M:irkert's training 
of chorus dancing has many merits; 
Kalriiar and.- Rudy's score has at 
least one sure-fire number in 
"Watching the Clouds Roll By" and 
the surroundirig cast is O. K., But 
no matter if these assets were 20 
times, as noteworthy, the audience 
would be sitting there waiting for 
Groucho and the others to come on 
with some new monkey business. 

Gebrge Kaufman (with Morris 
Rysklnd) has tried nothing unusual 
or unconventional In the matter of 
his book. There is little satire, but 
he has preferred to write an agree- 
able and fittirig story for the broth- 
ers and to give them situations 
right up. their street. . . 

Otitstandirig comedy scenes in 
the play incliide a bridge gariie in 
which Harpo and Chico take part; 
burglary episode played partly in 
the dark with Harpo and Chico as 
the robbers and Groucho as an on- 
16oker; Groucho's description of his 
Africa game hunt; Groucho's 
.amazingly good take-off on the 
thought-expression in "Strange In- 
terludes"; the screamingly funny 
house-building dialog between 
Groucho and Chico; the bathing 
suit scene and finally a pretentious 
and almost classic burlesque intro- 
ducing Groucho as Louis XV dur- 
ing a moment of., lovernakjng wilh 
DuBarry. The latter runij the bet-' 
ter part of a half ;^hour, and will 
be funnier than the' famous "Jose- 
phine and Napoleon" travesty in 
"I'll Say She Is." . . 

The comedy comeis from incon- 
gruous situations and from the 
boys' own efforts, and . cannot be 
singled, put separately.. 

For the first ti'me the four broth- 
ers have a song nujnber of their 
own, called "Musketeers." They 
announce in v song that . they are 
"four of the Three Musketeers" and 
add that they are "all for one and 
two for five," The number ends 
with a dance In which they do a 
little Tiller routine among other 
steps. 

A lice Wood is a cute and spri.ght- 
Iv ingenue with a sense of humor; 
Slargarot Irving plays Du.Barry 
with real gusto and appreciation 
for the farcical values of . the 
sketch; Margaret Dumont gives an- 
other good Impersonation, of a 
.GrandiL-I>ame; JRichard Kearie does 
all ho can for ""tWn^liJVimilPr-and 
Milton Watson and Bornice are ex- 
ceptionally competent vocally in the 
romantic leads. Ivouls Sorln glve.'^ 
a legitimate touch to the proceed - 
Inga as a wealthy banker. 

This one looks like a "natural." 
Evan In its pre.«'f'nt rough state, it 
is an eight-cylinder laugU. 



(Continued from page 1) 

quite all right for the spenders to 
bring their own. 

The quality of the Illicit beverage 
one totes into a place cannot be ap- 
proached by the shellac some of the 
Joints peddle at fancy prices of $8 
to $10 a pint a.nd $15 to $20 a 
quart. No longer has the rounder 
any shallow idea that it is declasse 
to carry Vplsteadlan coal to nlte 
life Newcastle, since the joints 
themselves come to the conclusion 
it isn't worth the trouble and grief 
to dodg^ the revenooers intent on 
enforcement or graft. 

Any number of cafe managers 
have confided that the net income 
on beverage sales, eVen coimting in 
the sizeable margin of, profit on the 
ginger-ale and water .' accessories, 
isn't wo«rth the bother and risk of 
governmenti3Ll ; litigation. Hence 
their decision to cut out the booze 
thing even though It riight be a 
boomerang for the general gr'pss 
through the absence of this con- 
venience for their customers. 

Shackles Off 

One club veteran seems to have 
been rejuverialed by the thoiight of 
being unfettered and unmolested by 
the enforcement boys. Two weeks 
before reopening he received a call 
from, a couple of the likker-snlffers, 
with the usual line tha.t they had 
heard he was selling. With par- 
donable gloating, considering the 
financial tribute he was previously 
burdened with, the cafe man gave 
the boys a glorious ha-ha. He ex- 
perienced a sense of freedom and 
light-heartedness he had long looked 
forward to, such as only could have 
coriie to him by quitting the racket. 

From the nlte owls' viewpoint, 
this no-booze rule in a few of the 
spots will bring about th.e hip-tot,- 
ing habit again, with no worries 
about appearances. Rounders may 
well benefit from collegiates in 
bringing their own and . making sure 
of what they drink.' The house 
seldom ever really cared. The 
gravy was in a couple of cases of 
champagne a. night, but the mar- 
gin on th& hard sales Is hardly 
worth while, considering the offlclal 
calling list for the regular "smear." 

While it may have been regarded 
as hicklsh and awkward to b. y. 
o. 1., there's no .gainsaying Its value 
to the kidneys, which bad booze 
first attacks^ 



The Would-Be Gentleman 

(Continued from page 54) 

only in proportion to the need It 
fills in the lives of the people 
. . . it should be an Instrument 
for giving, not a machinery for get- 
ting . . ." — should regard this In- 
offensive Weakling as advancing its 
high purpose, Is a trifle antl-cU- 
niatic. But it looses no ground or 
prestige thereby. Just static. 

Should stay in the repertoire for 
at least half the season without 
either ruining or making Miss Le 
Gallienne's excellent institution; 



All Male Guild Play 

"Wings Over Europe," by Maurice 
Brown and Robert Nichols, has been 
set for the second production of 
current seaaon for the Theatre 
Guild. 

The piece, with an all male ca,^t, 
goes into rehearsal next week. 



Inside Stuff-Legit 



Marx Hvollurs are viriiuijly ad libliinjr ni-w eiu into "ArMin'il 
Crackers" current in I'liilly on i\ break-in. .\ii;htly ni'w stuff goes in 
;ul lib anil an enibari'assnuMvt of comedy riches nonpluses CJeorge S. 
Kaufman, down there for tlio «>pening days, tl'ie collaborator with .Mor- 
rle liyskind on the bocil\. Sdin 11. Harris, luiwevor, insists on two now 
song hits from. Kalinar and Kuby, the si •!•>• colhiliorators. 



Shuberta must be burning up Ziegfeld with their daily ads on "Luckee 
(lirl". with its caption concerning the nuisical's alleged song hit, "Come 
On Let's Make Whoopee," with the WHOOIMCIO in caps standing out 
In size tyi)o equal to"IjUekeo Girl" and creating confiislob for Zieggy's 
incoming "Whoopee" show, starring 'Kddie . C^antor. 



Zlegfold theatre oii Sixth . avi^'nue erected without provisions for a 
marque, is now haying oho . added on. Ix)bby congestion on recent stormy 
nights and ooniplaints about ruined evening clothes forced the change 
from a .'^hort overhanging garden effect to a regulation sholtor. 



That the . Warner Bro.s, have the Winter Garden on long lease terms 
from thi9 Shubprts is (evident from the fact that signs in the house 
announce that "Noah's Ark" will follow "The Singing Fool." The 
Warners are al-so planning on showing "Stark Mad," "On Trial," "Queen 
of the Night Clubs," "The Homo Towncrs" and "Desert Song," all Vita- 
phone, attraction.^, rtr-st at the Winter Galrden. 



Polly. Walker's name is the first new one in liights this sen.s'on, she 
being: featured in George M. Cohan's "Billie," opening at the Erlanger 
this week. 



"C!hee-Chee," the musical made from the Freni.h 'novel, "Son of the. 
Grand Eunuch," tried out in Philly before, coming here. Pidn't do bo 
well down there and one of the producing company's officials was ex- 
plaining: 

"Half the house didn't know what the word 'eunuch' meant and the 
half that knew was afr.i.ld to believe that the. play actually joked about 
such a subject." 



Provlncetown Playhouse plans to do with E. B. Cummings's plays 
what it did with Eugenc.O'Nelll, having produced 11 of CNelll's works 
before ian outside manager took a play from the author. 

Cummings' "Him," a freak .subject of discu.sslpn last season, will be 
revived this year. Edward J. Ballantlne, Gilbert Seldes and Cummings 
have been added to the group's directors which include James Light, 
Cleon Throckmorton, Eugene O'Ne.iU and M. Eleanor Fitzgerald. 



Will Rogers says he will surprise all interested in his political neu- 
trality when he opens with "Three Cheers," the new Charles Dillingham 
musical starring. Dorothy Stone. Rogers stepped In as a courtesy, to 
Fred Stone, who is still recuperating from his avla,tlon mishap, and 
further In.sisted on full stari-ing honors for Miss Stone and his own 
name to be sub-featured and. in size type not to exceed that of Stone's 
daughter. . 

Rogers adds that there Isn't enough money in both campaign funds to . 
interest hirii for any poUtlcoil propaganda from the platform. While he 
gags about both candidates his will be a course of strict neutrality. 



Since Otto Harbach Is taking it easy as a librettist, having acquired 
a small fortune frorii his activities as a writer for the stage, Oscar Ham- 
merstein II, not so long out of Columbia, rates as the most prolific 
book writer on Broadway today. Already he has three hits running 
BimUlta"neously In "Good iboy," "Show Boat" and."New Moon." A fourth 
la on the way, Philip Goodman's new "Rainbow." Young Hammerstein 
has had a hit a year for several seasons running, Including additionally 
"Rose-Marie," "Song . of the Flame," "Golden Pawn" and"The 
Desert Song." 



"Blackbirds" the colored revue which ."^panned the summer at the 
Liberty has been virtually selling out since the weather turned cooler. 
After ianother week it moves to the Eltingo where the scale will be 
lifted to $3.50. The ticket agencies have arranged a buy that will ex- 
tend until Jan. 1, unusual for a holdover attraction. 



One of Broadway's most valuable properties incudes two pro'mlnent 
theatres. It was controlled by two well known showmen, one of whom 
needed. ca.sh. The latter listened to a proposition that ho sell out his 
Interest to' the more 'wealthy manager for about |160,000 and he ac- 
cepted. The contracts were all signed and so forth and the seller asked 
fpr a check. The answer was: "We'll credit it to your account." 



"Strange Interlude" Is the most parodied .shdW in New York. "Grand 
Street Follies'' has a skit on it, so has "Scandals" and the incoming 
"Americana" will have one In which the actor.s u.se roller bkates. 

Ko pratt falls In the Guild's production, but some are , anticipated in 
the takeoff In "Americana." 



"The Legacy," withdrawn Satuirday by A. H. Woods, drew exceellent 
business In its try-out Engagements In neighborhood houses. It opened 
to 52,500 in Mamaroneck and got $2,100 at Great Nectk. one performance 
in each stand. At the Wind.sor, Bronx, the week's grossi eexceeded 
$13,000, and last week .at the Majestic, Brooklyn, it bettered $14,000, 

The draw Is credited to Florence Reed and her success in "The 
Shanghai Gesture." The star did not want to appe-ar on Broadway in 
the new play, feeling it was unsuited to her and the management 
concuri-cd7' - — — — „ ... ^ , ^ 

"Jealousy," another new Woods production, was canceled pn the . evo" 
of its listed Brdadway proniicre last week. It Is a two-person play. Fay 
Bainter a.nd Guthrie McClintic teaming In the try-out spots. It is 
expected ia.ter with another actor in McClintic's role. 



"Faust" may be the Theatre Guild production to open the Guild's 
tenancy pf the Martin Beck theatre, New York. "Faust" will have been 
produced by that time, at the Guild's own theatre. It will be moved 
to. the Becic when possessio'n passes. The latter may be delayed If the 
Beck is holding a hit on a run at that time, with "Night Hostcs.H" now 
at the Beck.. 

Guild is reported having taken the Beck under a guarantee and sharing 
on the net with its ownei-, Martin Beck. Guild wants the house for Its 
larger productions. 






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56 



VARIETY 



MUSIC-RADIO 



Wednesday, October 3, 1928 



Minn's Class Liquor 
Both Phoney and Local 

\ Mlniioapolis, Oct, 2. 

Sourc'o of stamlanl. brands .of 
Itiiuoi" in pU-ntirul siij)ply ;<t- corii- 
pai'ativc'ly niorlor.'ite pvicos' horc 
was rovv.'iloil wlion foi.i. i-nl ])ro1il- 
bition aKcnls i-auliHl u- V)\ff business 
clul) ill till' \oi)]t (lislrict. 

■AVlie.n . niionts .s\v6opc<l down 
the club- \v;iK rountl to bo. doi.ns a 
thriviri,!^ ret.'iil and manufarituriiif; 
huflne."^-^- Tho raiders . conflscalocl 
nun-o tlKin. GiiO (|narl.s of liuuor to- 
Kether' willv a lnri;o' quantity of 
beor and spvoral hundred dollars in 
the. cash, i.-eglstor.s. Discovery was 
made 'o£ a 'completely equipped 
brewery on the second floor and of 
a cohipleto label cutting machine 
witlV a wid<\ variety of fnko labels, 
corking- niiichines and other equip- 
meht. Fifteen eltarjjcs oC sale, pos- 
session and nuisance have been 
lodged asfilnst the two men ar- 
rested by the asents. 

Fed.cral iiuthorities have Insti- 
tuted padlock pro'ccedfnprs apainst 
86 homes, apartments and business 
places here following the failure of 
owners to answer liquor charges 
against them. . , 



HERE AND THERE 



Kddio LanO', formerly director for 
r.ernle cnunmlns at the Hotel Bilt- 
moro, succeeds lOarl Qarpehtor at 
tlve Lido Cluh hotel, .Long lioach, 
this winter, (^irpenter booked Lane 
in wilh a unit. 



Al Relyea and the Boy State Aces 
>pon at the Harmony hotel (new), 
Cahocs, N. V.,- in three weeks. 



Johnny Klotz and his band arc at 
"VVaverly Inn; Olicahiro, Conn., for 
the fall and winter season. 



Art .Schwartz is In charge of 
Apcr, Yellen & Bornstcin'a n<Jw San 
i'^rancisco office, and Nclaoh Ing- 
ham Is in Philadelphia. 



Marvin Lee, representing Milt 
Weil of Chicago, is in New York 
this week. 



Talkers Lure Radio Names 

Chicago, Oct. 2. 
Chicago radio stations, having 
lost several stars who have made 
their way to Hollywood to take a 
crack kt the talkie pictures, are now 
tlelng their important artists down 
witih contracts. 



• Zeemah's Band in Paris ■ 

. Barney Zeeman and his Kentucky 
Cardinals, Paul Specht unit, open 
Saturdiay at L'Hennitage, Paris, for 
the winter season. 

They sailed Sept. 29 on the "lie 
de France." 



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Johnny Heinzman, identified with 
various music publishers in the 
past, has recovered from a nervous 
breakdown and is back on Broad- 
way. 

Harry O'Brien is the new sales 
manager for Qene Austin, Inc. 



Gold Room of the Beaux Art Club 
opens Sept. 26 under direction of 
Jane Adams, 

Floor show- Includes Leon and 
Beebe, Catharine. Parsons, m. c, 
Margie Barret, Olive Brady, Jessie 
Alcova and others. 



Radio's Gridiron Club 



National Radio Gridiron Club, 
patterned along the lines of the 
famous Gridiron Club of Washing- 
ton, is a new fraternal organization 
to Include radio writers, critics and 
publicists. • 

It Is an outgrowth of the old 
Radio Writers' Club with Eric 
Palmer of the Brooklyn Times and 
a free lance p. a. himself, as its 
president. 

Palmer and Walter Shilling of 
Radio Dealers, were the lea.ding 
spirits In the reorganization, the 
latter elected secretary. David Cas- 
ern, the New York Telegram radio 
editor, . Is vice-president, Arthur 
Sinshelmer, trade . paper writer, 
treasurer. 

G, W. (Johnny) Johnstone^ Is 
chairman of the board and James 
Caulfield of the New York World 
vice-chairman. 

An annual burlesque on the radio 
industry, its fads, foibles and per- 
sonalities will be a seasonal oc- 
currence. 



EAST SIDE NITE LIFE 



ADOLPH GOEBEL 



Featuring 



Organ Novelties 

Loew's, Yonkers, New York 



Eddie Schwartz 

. Featured Organist 

Keith-Albee Tlieatres, 
New York 

Proctor's Fifth Ave. Theatre 



JACK SKELLY 

At the Wurlitzer 
Keith-Albee 
WHITE PLAINS THEATRE 



Howard Warren 



FeatnTA Orernnlst at the 



Albee Theatre, Broo 



WALTER WILD 

Feature Organist 

AT 

Keith's Hippodrome 

NEW YORK 



Cleveland Nite Clubs 

Cleveland, Oct. t. 
George Williams and his Rhythm 
Kings orchestra open at the Rain- 
bow Room of Hotel Winton, Oct. 6. 
Rainbow Room has been closed for 
past three years. Before prohibi- 
tion, it was on© of the most popu- 
lar rendezvous In town. Now Is a 
dance and dine emporium, with 
$2 couvert charge. . 
. Ralph Webster and his Coral 
Gabies orchestra Is now playing at 
the Music Box restaurant, where 
George Williams' orchestra was 
formerly featured. 

Austin Wyle's orchestra has left 
the Golden Pheasant restaurant ttf 
open at the Far East restaurant. 
Carl Henry's band ia replacing 
Wylie^r -■- - r — 



Chicago's Nite Clubs 

Chicago, Oct. 2. 

With cold weather advancing, tbe 
few remaining night spots around 
town are preparing to bid for coin. 

Club Rbyale, open all summer^ 
has a new floor show with eight- 
girls, Betty Garner, Doria Roche, 
Carroll and Gorman, Roy Scdley 
and Billy Kranz orbhestra. 

On the north side the recently, 
opened Beaumont, formerly Avaloh, 
hag a show . comprising D© Carlos 
and Lkouise, Ward Sisters, Lillian 
Barnes, Bobbis I'incus, Earl Rlck- 
ard and Spike Hamilton's orches- 
tra. 

Another spot on the north side, 
now undvr way. Is the Green Mill. 



CapitoKs Musicians' Vacation 

^-"YiiJnibc'T^ofnrii^^^^ 
Ing Walt Rociinor, m.c, will get a 
two-week vacation from the Capi- 
tol, starting Ihi.s Saturday (Oct. 6), 
when, the first M-G-M sound pic- 
ture, "Our Dancing Daughters," 
starts Its engagement. 

Orchestras will play an overture 
and there will be a brlof ballet, but 
otherwise the big house will de- 
'^nd entirely upon sound. 



(Continued from pasre 1) 

of the floor for two-bit pieces or 
lcs.<?. ITore the boys from the neigh- 
borhood usually roll In around 10 
or 11 p. m. with the family of six 
or eight, take oJt their coats If 
wnrm, roll up their slcevos . nnd 
order broiled Rumanian steak, llv- 
crwUrst, dill plckleia; and finally 
ease out a.craln about 2 afl^r klblt.z- 
ng v4th the proprietor, also In shirt 
sleeves; ■ 

Botwoon argumentig a gang of 
three'- or four troubadours, in well- 
worn knickers and dusty linen, .sere- 
nade the cash customers separately. 
If the . c. c.'a don't come through 
they throw a pock-marked, one- 
eyed, loud-voiced mama over to the 
table for a vocal number. That's 
usually ^ worth money to have her 
blow and the circus contlnuiea on 
to the next table. 

Tourist Cabarets 
Food is usually of the first rate 
variety and prices rUn from 35 cents 
to $1 per steak,^ with five courses 
thrown in on the sldei. 

The "tourist" cabarets have 
waiters who are .polite, speak well 
of their bosses, draw chairs for the 
customers and wear close-fltting 
evening clothes as well as picture 
actors. 

In places of this sort there are 
table cloths and the custom9rs may 
even have napkins, upon request 
Instead of throwing the food on to 
the riilddle of the table and disap- 
pearing, as In the "make yourself 
at home" joint, the food is delivered 
in portions, thereby eliminating: the 
free-for-all that takes place' in the 
former instance. 

"Tourist," on the East Side, is 
merely another sweet synonym for 
anyone visiting the section arid, not 
living In the neighborhood. 

Some of the "tourist" cafe man 
agers have Instituted a regular sys- 
tem of espionage for encouraging, or 
rather luring ^'toiirlsts." It is said 
that there is even an Interchange of 
coinmunlcation between some cafe 
operators, each tipping the other to 
watch for parties, if spending. 

The report that there is a 25 
per cent discount to customers who 
can't speak English and a 10 per 
cent reduction for those who order 
with a Hebe brogue has been 
branded utterly without foundation 
by a couple of the operators. 

^ongs 

The '.'tourist" cabarets have four 
piece bands, stringed or otherwise, 
a shrill-voiced soprano, and a mas 
ter of ceremonies who recites with 
a heavy dialect Sometimes he 
doesn't recite. In some cases he 
sings funny songs about Swiss 
cheese In a deep, cultivated. Rus- 
sian, getting storms of applause and 
Inciting loud "Bravos." 

One of the requirements of an 
m. c. Is that he shall have two rows 
of gold teeth and keep in training 
to make the weight. In certa,ln 
cases, It Is reported, the class of an 
establishment la determined by the 
weight of the m. c. If looking un- 
der 200, net, it doesn't speak well 
for business. The^ soprano is also 
required to keep in trim. A good 
soprano on the east side Is worth 
her weight In steak and onions. 

Then, of course, there are the 
"art" restaurants, strictly thin soup 
and no booze, with high-priced 
sandwiches and phoney Russian 
princes hoofing In embroidered pa- 
jamas, but It doesn't pay to go into 
that. They're uptown, too. One 
of these "art" cabarets has a guy 
who thinks he's the blind singer 
from Moscow. He closes his eyes 
as soon as he breaks into song, 
maybe because he can't bear to see 
others suiffer. . Or maybe he's deaf, 
too. 

There are over 200 of these flour- 
ishing hideaways, according to an 
East Slder who knows, and all do- 
ing a turnaway business some 
nights In the week. Two o'clock In 
the morning usually has the mob 
arriving in full force, over the 
week-end, with festivities some 
times continuing for hours after. 

With the average check per party 
around $5 instead of $50 uptown, 
new places are said to be spring- 
ing up larger than ever, the heavy 
play permitting operation at a 
profit all round. 



Country Dance Hall Rep 

Galesburg, nu Oct. 2. 
Judge Willis F. Grahana never 
hoard of a rural dance hall con- 
ducted within the law and doesn't 
believe that Mrs. Ella M. Coffey, 
who will open a resort at the Edge 
Park pavilion, In Henderson town- 
ship, will controvert his exr->rl- 
enco, he told her when she. ap- 
peared with a court mandamus for 
license to operate after the 
Knox county board of supervisors 
lad rejected her petition. 

The supervisors meanwhile were 
debating whether or not :they 
should expend further county 
funds upon the fight with likeli- 
hood that they would. The Coffey 
pavilion. If opened, would operate 
Sunday nights, tlie only place In the 
county with a Sund.ay opening. 



Postpone Air Change 

Washington,' Oct. 2. 
Complaints frorii the chain broad- 
casters over the. new llne-up of .sta- 
tions scheduled to become effective 
Nov. 11 has seerhlngly had Its ef- 
fect with a majority of the federal 
radio commission now knowri to 
favor a postonment, . 

An announcement that everything 
has been held up is expected Svlth- 
in the next few day."3. 

Latest one to protest was the Na- 
tional Broadcasting Company. This 
protest carried wiith It a threat of 
court action. . 

Belief now Is that the November 
effective date will ' be held up for 
an. additional 60 to 90 days. 



MACK'S FLOOR SHOWS 

Roy Mack will produce the floor 
shows opening at the Parody, Oct. 
20, and Al's Tavern, iBrooklyn, N. 
Y., Oct. 4. 

Mack's floor show at the Swanee 
opened last week. 



String Orch. in Club 

Hernandez' South American or- 
chestra is doubling Into the Club 
Lido from Schvvab and Mandel's 
"New Moon." 

The Jungle Club In the same 
building as the Lido and an added 
starter . to the nite club field late 
last week has a five-man dance 
combo supplied by Harry Rosen 
thai. 



Whiteman's Brilliant Dinner 
And Carnegie Concert 



Prior to his Sunday night con- 
cert at Carnegie Hall, Paul. WhiLu- 
man and his orchestra break in 
their program at the QUobn Anne 
theatre, Bogota, N. J., as a courtesy 
to Ferdle Gi'o.fe's M.asonlc lodgOj 
headquartered there. The first lap 
of Whiteman's concert tour under 
F; C. Copplcus' direction takes oCC 
Sunday,, going to Norfolk right 
thereafter and west, relurning IH^c, 
17 for Columbia recordings in New 
York. ' ■ 

Last night (Tuesday) Whiteman 
was honored XN'Ith a testimonial din- 
ner by the Citizens of New York's 
Paul Whiteman Tenth Anniversary 
Testimonial at the Hotel Astor, 
New York., It had S. W. Straus as 
chairman of a committee which in- 
cluded Phelps Phelps; Attorney (ien- 
eral Albert Ottinger. -Sir Thomas 
LIpton and othors. Whiteman's 10 
years In New York, whero ho cam© 
to attention as America's jazz king, 
were signalized by the formal pres- 
entation of an elaborate bronze 
plaque. 

The Sunday concert will feature 
Ferdle Grofe's arrangement of the 
new George Genshwln's Concerto In 
F and Grofe's own. rhythmic syrri- 
phony, "Metropolis." Roy Bargy 
will play the piano passages in tho 
Gershwin . composition, unlike the 
composer's earlier ofilciatlon a^ 
piano soloist with Whiteman when 
the latter Introduced the now fa- 
mous "Rhapsodie In Blue." 

Jlmnrki© Gillespie is renriairiing In 
New Yoi'k and will handiei White- 
man's business and publicity out 
of the home oifice. Copplcus' rep, 
F* C. liaas, will be behind with 
Whiteman en tour. 

For Whiteman's new recordings 
In December, his Rhythm Boys will 
be brought In off tho' road. They 
have been playing vaudeville;. 

Whiteman's pcrsonner will num- 
ber 40 for Sunday's New York con- 
cert, but otherwise a unit of 25 
will travel. 



Tappe With WRNY 

LoUls Tappe Is now program di- 
rector for WRNY, New York. Tappo 
was formerly with the NBC. 



LEADING ORCHESTRAS DIRECTORY 



IRVING AARONSON 



KTAB and KLX Sharing 

San Francisco,. Oct 2. 

Pickwick Stage Company has 
taken over KTAB, Oakland, ajid Is 
now operating sa/me. 

This station, under Its new al- 
lotment of air time elTective Nov, 
16, will share the ether with KLX 
aL^JO nf Oakland. 



and HIS COMMANDERS 

OPENING SOON 
with. Irene Bbrdoni's "Paris" 

MUSIC BOX THEATRE 

New York City 



PHILFABELLO I 



and His 

ORCHESTRA 

LOEW'S 7th AVENUE THEATRE 
New York City 



MAL HALLETT 



AND HIS ORCHESTRA 

OPENING TONIGHT 

1 :__(Qct.:^-10) 

ARCADIA BALLROOM 

New York City 

THE ORIGINAL 



DINTY MOORE 



now at 
ARTHUR MacLEAN'S 

HUNTER ISLAND INN 
Pelham Shore Road, N. Y- 



GEORGE OLSEN 



AND HIS MUSIC 
This Week 

FOX'S, PHILADELPHIA 

Onir.c: 20 WpRt 4;ti1 street 
New York City 



LPAMIANJEDJEADS 

America's Greatest Girl Band 

Week Sept. 30 
KEITH'S, COLUMBUS 

Pcrmunciit Addresn 
28 Wo«t >4)i-th St., Indianapolis, Ind. 



GEO. ECKHARDT. JR. 



And His Orchestra 
Now One Year at 

LAFAYETTE CAFE 

LOS ANGELES, CAL. 
Office, 635 N. Mansfield 



FROM DETROIT 



JEAN GOLDKETTE 



Orchestras 

VICTOR RKCORDS 
Office: 812 Book Tower 

DETROIT 



SAMUEL HEGGEN 



I<eadlnK a Great IJttle Band . 

Proctor's 86th Street 
NEW YORK CITY 



VINCENT LOPEZ 



and His ORCHESTRA 

Exclusive Brunswick Artist 
WOODMANSTEN INN 
Pelharh Parkway, N. Y. 



CHARLIE MELSON 



The Maestro of Ceremony 
and His Bands 

Stanley,' Jersey City 
Branford, Newark 



PAUL WHITEMANI 



And HIS GREATER ORCHESTRA 

Oct. 7— CARNEGIE HAIL, N. Y. 

1560 BROADWAY, N. Y. C. 
Direction WIIXfAM MORRIS 



Wednesday, October 3, 1928 



NIGHT CLUBS-MUSIC 



VARIETY 



57 



Inside Stuff-Music 



Coast 'News' Off Sunday; 
Union Demands Sub Band 



Some Publishers' Operations Exposed | S:in Vranoisco Oct. 2. 

How music publlslio.ra prefer to do bu.siiu-s.s is disconiiblo fruin the j H;uh<.'r . tJuiii be forced ' to u.«o a 
staJd phonograph recording executives' viewpoint. As ."jtal^lo businoss j ^iibt='titut(2 bund In place of Max 



jtnen, they decry the lack oX trust among the. music nu-n tlienisclve.s. 
They realize that none trusts the other. Tliey miiy band tnKother for a 
common cause and each will "confidentially" disclose whnl's what to 
the very people they have banded together against. 

The 10 per cent deduction for "iVeakage" is a case in hand. It was 
decided that since records are not breakable any more to any great 
extent, this obsolete trade ipustpm of knocking off 10 per cent on the 
gross royalty remittances be eiiininatcd. It representn many hundreds 
of thousands of dollars saving or loss to the recoi-dcrs and publishers, 
fi-om whichever point you view it, 

A pledge and a isignature were secxired from all publishers concerned 
but the recording oxecufives tell Va^riety of the many small and large 
(some are surprisingly large) firms, which essayed : to curry fayor with 
the recorders by telUhg them to forget the Mllljs' edict and to continue 
knocking off that 10 per cent per usual. , ' : 

Whether these publishers figured it would react firiancially favorable 
through getting more ''dog tunes" on the, records and thus reap royalty 
benefit, or whatever the axe to be ground wasi the recorders of cour.se 
atiU want the hits only. 

Furthermore, the publishers don't recognize that this immediately 
branded whoever was guilty ot this broach of. the M. p. P. A. agreement, 
and that tlie recording people would bf? tlie more chary in' co-operating 
•with them- on their prornlses that tliis was the plug, song or that ..they 
were "working, on this Blotz song big." 

Meantime, the 10 per cent thing i.s a tabled issue until Congress 
convenes again on the work in effecting an amendnient to the Copyright 
Law of 1909. 

Misleading billing 
As far na Victor was concerned, Gene Austin's record as used for' a 
presentation stunt at the Mark Strand, New York,^ recently made no 
difference to them. Legal interference was hot their idea, but Austin's, 
although it Is Victor's opinion that the misleading billing to the effefst: 
"Gene Austin singing his latest song hits" was bound, to hurt any 
artist who had ideas of marking personal appearances In the same picture 
theatres. 

If not halted, any theatre manager could, bill Paul- Whiteman playing 
his latest dance hits, etc., and thus continue misleading the paying public 
at the expense of the;, attraction. That it would prove a disk sales' 
boom was. not d<?nied, but Victor . thought enough of Its artist to want 
to protect Austin and the others. 

Jolson Disc Out of. Red for Brunswick 

Al Jolson, who is receiving $5,000 a record ($2,500 a side) . from "Bruns- 
wick, and not the $10,000 per enormously, broadcast, finally turned the 
tide of his sales out of the red into a profit with his "Mammy" and 
"Dirty Hands" couplet. The tie-up with "The Singing Fool" feature 
Includes another Brunswick couplet of theme, numbers fro'in the Vita- 
phone feature. 

The tremendous nut in producing a Jolson record and Its attendant 
exploitation campaign never made possible a profit for Brunswiok until 
recently. It. was discovered that "Mammy," a. Jolson natural, has never 
been i-ecorded. 



J-'isher's outfit with "Good Xow.s," 
company nianagemont and flomCr 
Curran, ut whose house the musical 
is. playing, have eliminated Sunday 
performances during the engage- 
ment here. Kew union agreement 
eniered inlo between musicians auvl 
managers provides for a six-dav 
week. . 

The local endeavored to have a 
substitute band used one- night a 
week during the engagement, but 
tlie . managomont ngui;o,d a sub or- 
ganiz.'ition would bo detriniental to 
the play. ■ • ' ■ ■ 

This Is the first time on the coa.st 
where demand for an entire substi- 
tute stage band lias been, made by 
the union in order to work t)Ut pro- 
visions . of a six-day week. Max 
Fi.^her is not here witVi "News," 
.sending one of his units along.. 



Night Club Reviews 



Demonstrating -Orthophonic 
A march r^^cording made by Arthur Pryor and his band for Victor in 
1904 was played for a Variety reporter at Victor's Camden (N. J.), fac- 
tory and then demonstrated on the new Orthophonic. It was also played 
on an improved Victor talking machine marketed a year ago, just prior 
to the . perfection of the . Orthophonic. The latter brought out low 
register eljeet and instrumentation that Victor itself did not suspect 
was in the record until properly amplified and reproduced on the new 

Orthophonic. ^..,^ '1,7 

The demonstration al.so . included a playing on one of those old- 
fashioned, horn-speakers, replica of the Victor trade-mtirk, "His Masters 
Voice " 

The Orthophonic reprpductlo'n was uncanny .'in its startling musical 
revelations on a disk a quarter of a century old. 



John Skelton, Minstrel 

Cornetist, a Suicide 

Blooniington, 111., Oct. 2. 
John Skelton, 70, who ran away 
from home at 16 to join the Welch 
and Newcomb minstrels, got 
stranded, joined the Montgomery- 
Queen circus, traveling across the 
eounuy in a wagon to Los An- 
geles, and then came back with 
Tony Denier, who toured the 
country with "Humpty-Dumpty," 
the show In which Pat Rooney 
made his debut, shot himself last 
Monday in his rooming house here. 
Despondency over continued 111 
health was given as cause for his 
suicide. 

He played In the orchestras In 
the Hooley and Bower theaters In 
Chicago for 24 years, but before 
this had been soloist with the Ed- 
win E. Rice "Evangeline" company 
and with the Marie Lltta company. 
At one time Skelton had 30 comets 
in his collection. 

After his wife's death, 25 years 
ago, he returned to this city, his 
early home, and became an instruc- 
tor, among his students being Hum- 
boldt Kryl. Skelton was born In 
England, May 25, 1858, his parents 
coming to this country when he 
was 11, settling in this city. 




A CHOP HOUSE 
OF EXCEPTIONAL MERIT 

186-8 WEST 48TH STREET 
Ea«t mi Broadway — — 




Rapee Sticks at Roxy 



S. L. Rbthai[el (Roxy) is under- 
stood to haye gone to the mat on 
behalf of Erno liapee, the Roxy 
maestro, after William Fox himself 
was inclined to dispense with the 
latter's. services. 

Bapee's activity in scoring other 
producers' pictures, including a 
Universal, and possibly his pro- 
lific collaboration with Lew Pol- 
lack on picture theme songs, the 
royalties of which during the past 
year have netted both a small for- 
tune, presumably figured In Fox's 
displeasure. . 

Rapee under present understand- 
ing continues In charge of music at 
the Roxy." ~ ■ - 



The Outstanding Song 
from the ' 
New 1928 Earl Carroll's 
"Vanities" 

"Blue Shadows" 
'^Once.ia a lifetime 
"Raquel" 



Sing Them— Play Them- 
Buy Them 

^Hpbbins Music Gtrporaxiok 

■ 799 Sevwith A^ienue.NcwYoA ^ 




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2D STRAND BANKEUPT 

Roy Restaurant, Inc., operating 
the Strand Roof on Broadway and 
4Yth street,., went the bankrui'cy 
route,, qtiickly rcpcn.tlng the pro- 
cedure of its predecessor. The 
Meyerowitz malnagenient after many 
years atop the Strand went into 
voluntary bankruptcy. 

A Chinese syndictite is dickering 
for the site for another link In the 
fast growing Yellow Peril. 



Jacksonville Club Open 

Ga.'^a; Bonlta, Ja.i;ksonVille, Fla., 
cabaret, rumored to have been 
damaged and closed bccau.'^c of the 
r'l ent storm, is doing business as 



usuuil. 

Dot 
TarPP^ 



Rae, formerly with 
^is-apptJar4ng_JJb<jro. 



"Gay 



CLUB BARNEY 

(NEW YORK) 

New York, Sept. 28. 

Looking niuoli belter arcliitco- 
turally with the two previously ob- 
struL'ting pillars tjlimihatcd, and 
completoly redecorated, Bariiey 
(lUllant again has tlie room of 
drecnwich Village as ho always 
did, only more so this season. 
Those two interfering i>osts were 
liabilities which ho may or may 
not have realized with a known 
antipathy against any location but 
that in the ringside sector adjoin- 
ing the dance lioor. Now the outer 
;irca Is as choice as any other lo- 
cation and, additionally, it gives the 
room some extra tables. 

Gallant has the right Idea in 
post- Volstoadian' nocturnal fare. 
Tlac booze thing ia really ho longer 
smart. The Wheehawkens and tlie 
campus caperers may go for it but 
Willi them it's no percentago for. 
the house so they don't figure in 
nite life excepting as petty 
whoopees. The greater majority of 
the s.ieppers want a convivial at- 
mdspliere, good dance music, ap- 
propriate setting for a late sand- 
wich and above all a brand of 
divertissement that is novel. Arid, 
believe it or not, even if possessing 
a sense of intelligence or distinc- 
tion, .so much the better. 

The Veor'nL buyer may still go 
strong for the great cpidei'mis 
revelation and truth to tell there's 
enough Peoria and Omaha to make 
it worth while for the Silver Slip- 
per and Frivolity typo of chump- 
catching couVert charges to con- 
tinue catering to this element. 

But the Club Barney is a noc- 
turnal playground evolution in the 
modern manner, . It is cozy, atmbs^ 
pheric, .smart, sophisticated . and 
entertaining. They revel in those 
Walter O'Keefe lyrics for instance. 
This clever banjo songster leaves 
'em avid for more. His ditties are 
cannily conceived. They are faith- 
ful lampoons of the contempora- 
neous in fads and fancies. . He 
turns neat lyric twists In political 
discourses, expo.sltions on parochial 
school iiiikles, burlesques of your- 
self and your neighbor and you 
love It. 

O'Keefe is compelling on a floor. 
His voice Is penetrating, his dic- 
tion undeniable and his comedy 
there. Already O'Keefe has fash- 
ioned what ia touted to be a suc- 
cessful musica,l comedy set of lyrics 
with Harry Archer's collaboration. 
O'Keefe should become very impor- 
tant in creative writing for the 
stage. A random thought suggests 



3-Sided Merger of 

Plaza, Cameo, Perfect? 

A tri-cornered merger entailing 
an estimated ' aggregate of $12,000,- 
000 is being . considered. Involving 
the Plaza Music Co., important 
New York music jobbers, and the 
popular priced Cameo and Pathe- 
Perfe.ct disk records. The Cameo 
and Perfect already are commonly 
controlled by the Scranton Button 
Work.Si which press the records. 
Henry Waterson, music publisher 
and original founder oif Cameo, Is 
out . of the concern. 

B. J. Kronberg and H. Germain 
of Plaza iare in England, the pro- 
posed merger revolving about the 
Idea of floating a gigantic stock 
■Ifsue in Great Britain similar to 
Louis Sterling's financing of Co- 
lumbia, which put that concern 
back into the field as an Important 
organization after having been 
through bankruptcy^ Sterling's 
prosperous activities with the Brit- 
ish Columbia Graphophone Co. en- 
abled the parent American organi- 
zation 10 do a financial come-back. 



Paul Franck Under Arrest 



Louisville, Oct: 2. 

Paul Franck, Belgian concert, or 
panlst,- arrested here on charges of 
grand' larceny, vagraftcy and be 
Ing a fugitive . from Justice wias 
turned over to Atlianta police after 
the charges were dismissed in Po- 
lice Court. 

Franck is wanted in Atlanta for 
reckless driving and for the th<^ft 
of an automobile, according to the 
police. R. J. MCClure, an attorney 
of Birmingham, said FVanck ran 
down and seriously Injured Mrs 
Leslie W. Connor of ihnt city. 
Franek denied he had \<<'i'n ar- 
rested in Birmingham. 



Browne-Stasny Suit 



Court papers recently filed in 
New York Supreme (joiirt reveal a 
$202,230 suit by the Ted Browne 
Music Co., Inc., of Chicago, against 
A. J. Stasny Co,, Inc., and Bessie 
Stasny, its president and widow of 
Anthony J, Stasny, the firm's 
founder. 

Browne, Inc., also wants con- 
tracts for the handling of Its song 
publications by Stasny Co. can- 
celled. Stasny has a British branch, 
separately incorporated as A, J. 
Stasny Co., Ltd., . which la a co- 
defendant. 



Abe Lyman in Vaude 

Abe Lyman, now with the Chi- 
cago company of "Good News," 
has been set for vaudeville by Ez 
Keough of the Charlie Morrison 
oflflce. 

The dates are contingent upon 
the closing date on "Good News." 



Carpenter's m "Good News" 

- EarL Carpenter . and his. orchestra 
are taking George Olson's l)efth^n 
the New York company of "Good 
News." 



itself for an O'Keefe-contrivi'd In- 
timate revue a la "CSai-rick 
Gaie,tix?s." 

For the rest, excepting of course 
the standard Hale ("l'i;e Wet.-") 
By.ers' music, it doesn't really mat- 
ter. Byers' rhythmiepators are an 
institution at the Barney. 

Also there is a ftMume m. c., 
strictly as-you-like-U; ditto the 
Hindu propaganda by a mixed teaiu 
and the contortive iiary Lee, ef- 
fective specialist. Convert $2 and 
?3, Arnold at the door and 70 per 
cent, average on the 'dress thing, 
although no restrictions one way 
or another, excepting the usual 
managerial desire to keep the 
choice ringside dressed regardless. 
Tempo is al fresco and the crowd 
a curious mixture of Sidewalks of 
New Y(Uk Including Park, Broad- 
way, the Village and. the mugs. 
With a melting pot like this, the 
patronage defies sombreness or 
dullness. Abel, 



Park Central Hotel 

New York, Sept. 28. 
This hostelry is now about one of 
the most self-conscious institutions 
in midtown. House seems social 
minded, and the revolutionary aura 
of the place is a grand bust both 
way.s. In Its early nl fresco stages 
there was .somethi'^" to the hostelry, 
but with the shai- ersal on form 
it's neither here nur iliere. 

They're ballyhooing a swell show 
and all the usual trinimlngs are 
there, including a crack dance band, 
Ben Pollack's . Victor ' combination. 
But the Park Central Is too cen- 
trally located on the outer fringe of 
Times Square to put on the rltz 
successfully. The Seventh avenue 
hostelry is psychologically situated 
to emulate tlio Hotel Pennsylvania 
at Its palmiest when Lopez made 
the Statler link mean something In 
the nIte life. Similarly, the Park 
Central can do likewise and make a 
better try of It than "the fawning 
habit of the waiting staff with the 
too pointed solicltousriess by wait- 
ers, and captains. 

All this is prompted by the occa- 
sion of the Florentine grillroom'* 
opening. AheU 



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COMPLETING SUMMER EN- 
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Ash Also in BailroomB 

Chicago, Oct. 2. 
Paul Ash and orchestra will 
double Into the Karza's Aragon and 
Trianon ballrooms during October, 
from the Oriental theatre. 



KEMP'S BENAED JUDGMENT 

ed Judgment for ?49n agalnsl 
Jacques llonard, the Boston orches- 
tra leader at thf Lido- Venice, whom 
Kemp got on the Victor records, 

The agent had a 10 per rent ar- 
rangement, llenard reeeivint' $250 
a.'ild'^ from Victor for reeordlnps. 



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58 



VARIETY 



OUTDOORS 



Wednesday, October 3, 1928 



Mich. Picture Men Frame Campaign 
Of Warfare on Road Carnivals 



Chicago, Oct. 2. 
>\'hat has all the earmarks of a 
widespread organized war on car- 
nivals and other outdoor attraCaoris 
Beems to be gaining a foothold in 
this section of the country. Several 
weeks ago Jules J; Rubens of Great 
Stateia theatres, took the initiative 
and retained a special staff of at- 
t6rney3 and publicity men to fight 
the more questionable outdoor en- 
terprises. 

Now the Motion Picture "Theatre 
Owners .of Michigan, headed by H. 
M. Richey, its general nianager, 
says that the Michigan men have 
no desire to stifle legitimate com- 
petition but he attackis this camou- 
flaged benefit, the fly-by-night car- 
nival and medicine shows. 

"We have no quarrel with the 
county fairs and other legitimate 
attractions that also call Michigan 
. 'home,' and who, like ourselves, pay 
state and community taxes," Richey 
continues.. Richey has several meif 
iat wcirk compiling statistics, which 
show the money which the lot at-, 
tractions take out of the state. 
' These same flgures, he asserts, will 
show that they leave nothing of 
economic .value in exchange for their 
brief stay in the town. 

Appealing to taxpayers of various 
Michigan cities, through a planned 
publicity campaignj. the Michigan 
association points out that a big 
Increase of petty thievery, additional 
police costs and the impossibility ot 
eliminating . gambling features in- 
evitably follow in the W:ake of the 
average gypsy outfit. 

Both organizations are appealing 
to the merchants in their towns. 



4.» 



Miller Tells of 101 



Reports to the contrary notwith-; 
standing, the 1,01 Ranch Is goln^ 
out again next season. The Miller 
show closed Sept. 30 In Marlin, Tex. 

The 101 played only a few stands 
In Texas as -George Miller, direct- 
ing the show, wished to save the 
«ntire Lone Star State for next sea- 
Bon. 

Miller not only denied the re- 
port the show wouldn't go out but 
declared that it will be under Mil- 
ler. Bros.' management again, as 
the proposed sale to Ballard, Mug- 
givan & Bowers was off, through 
the failure of both sides . to agree 
■upon a price. 



WINTEBING INDOOES 

Rock Jsland, 111., Oct; 2. 
. The S. W. Brundagei shows will 
quarter in .Rock Island for the win- 
ter, according to R. A. Jacobson, 
liaanaglng secretary of the Rock Is- 
land Chamber of Commerce, who 
acted with Michael Clarke, commer- 
cial agent for the Brundage Co. 

The show will occupy the Daniel 
Boone building, with 45, 000. feet of 
floor space. 



JOHN ROUNAN DIES 

Lios Angeles, Oct. 2; 
John Rounan, veteran lion trainer 
and manager of the Gay lion fai-m 
at Elmonte, died Sept. 30 in Cali- 
. fornla Lutheran Hospital after a 
clawing by one of three lions that 
escaped and attacked him a week 
ago. 

The animals were recaptured and 
two of them slain. 



ED BALIAItD BETURNING 

Ed Ballard, of Ballard, Muggi 
van & Bowers, sailed from Europe 
Sept. 29, 

Ballard left his family In Switz- 
erland where the children Will at 
tend school this winter. 



DEATHS ABROAD 

Paris, Sept. 22. 
Agnes Souret, 24, winner of a 
French beauty prize which gave her 
an entrande as a show girl, died 
from . .ap pend lei 1 1 s, a t.. B. uen os . A ir es. 



where she was appearing with a 
French troupe. 

Alexandre Ray ColacOf Portuguese 
jnusician. died at -Lisbon. 

Henri Bancel, 37, French author, 
And dramatic critic, died in Neliilly, 
Paris. 

Italo Svevo, 68, Italian playwright, 
killed in an automobile accident in 
Itai*- 



CARNIVALS 

(For current week (Oct, 1) when 
not otherwise indicated.). 

Alamo Expo. (Fair), 8, San An- 
tonio, Tex. 

B. & B. Am. Co. (Fair), Ciierokee^ 
N. C; 8, Llncolnton. 
• Barlow's (Fair), Decatur, Miss. 

.Benton Am. Co. . (B'alr), Do" Witt, 
Ark. 

Bernardl Expo. (Fair), Cotton- 
wood Falls, Kan. . . 

Berriaidi Grpater "(Fair), York, 
Pa... 

Brodbock Am. Co., Sedan. Kan. 

Brown & Dyer (Fair), Martins- 
ville, Va. - 

Bi'uce Greater (F.xir)i Woodland, 
N. C. 

Bunts Am. Co., Murphy, N. 

Central States, Dublin, Ga. 

Cetlin & Wilson (Fair), Shlpman, 
Va.; 8, Henderson, N. C. . 

Coe Bros. (Fair), Columbia, Tenn; 

Dodson's World's Fair, Lauirel, 
Miss. 

. Fairly, Noble C. (Fair), Benton- 
vllle. Ark. 

Florida Expo., Apex, N. C. 

Foley & Burk (Fair), Orland, Calif. 

Folk, Carl J. (Fair), Marshall, 
Mich. 

Fi'ancis, John, Ranger, Tex. 
G16th's Greater, Zebulon, Va.; 8, 
Amelia. 

Gold Medal (Fair), ' Hot Springs, 
Ark>; 8, Tallulah, La. 

Gray, Roy, Nb; 1, New Brisiunfels, 
Tex.; 8, Laingrange. 

Gray, Roy, No. 2, New Boston, Tex. 

Greenburg Am. Co;, Tucumcari, 

N. M.. 

Gruberg's. Famous (Fair), Stone-' 
wall, N. C. . . ■■ • 

Hames, Bill H., No. 2, Denton; Tex. 
. Harris, Walter, Dickson, Jlenn. 

Harris Expo. (Fair), Galhesboro^ 
Tenn. 

Hill, Hugh W., No. 1 (Fair), Win- 
der, Ga. 

Isler Gr-eater, Sallna, Kan. 

Jones, . Johnny J. .(Fair), Tupelo, 
Miss. ; 8, Meridian. ■ 

Kellie-Grady, ScottsbOro, Alia. 

Krause Greater (Fair), Dawson^ 
Ga.; 8,, Moultrie. 

LaMance's Attractions (Fair), 
Tuskegee, Ala. 

Laughlln, J. W. (Fair), Wynh, 
Arlt.; 8, Clarendon. 

Latlip, Capt. (Fair), Charleston 
Va. ■ ■ ■ ■ . 

Leggette, C. R, (Fair), Many, La. 

Lynch, Bill, Plctou, Can. 

McCIellan, Magazine, Ark. 

McGregor, Donald (Fair), Teague, 
Tex. 

Metropolitan, Quantico, Va.; 8, 
Apex, N, C. 

Miller, Ralph. R. (Fair), Fordyce, 
Ark. . .. ^ ' . " • • 

Miller's F. W'. Midway, Rayville 
La* . ■ ■ 

Mississippi Valley, Malvern, Ark 
Morris & Castle (Fair), Sherman 
Tex. 

Murphy, D. D. (Fair), Atlanta, Ga 

National Am. Co., Glasco, Kan. 
: Page, J, J. (Fair), Rutherfordton 
N. C; 8, Winston- Salem, N. C. 

Pearson, C. E., Assumption, III. 

Poole, H. B., Huntsvllle, Tex. 

Quality Novelty, Amherst, Va. 

Reiss, Nat (Fair), Winston -Salem 
N. C. 

Rice-Dorman, Gonzales, Tex. 

Rice Bros;, Hartselle, Ala.; 8, 
Lawrenceburg, Tenh. 

Rock City (Fair), Soperton, Ga. 

Rubin & Cherry, Richmond, Va. 

Rubin & Cherry Model, Chat- 
.tanobga, Tenn. 

Sheesley Greater (Fair), Green 
ville, N. C. , 

Sutton Great, Clarksville, Ark. 

TIdwell, T. J.. (Fair). Haskell, Tex, 

Traver (Fair), Danbury, Conn. 

Wade, W. G, (Fair), Troy, AJa, 

Williams, Ben, Sidney, N. S. 

Wise, David A., Statesboro, Ga.; 
8, Spartan. 

■ Wortliam's World's Best, Musko 
gee, Okla, 

Zciger, C. F., United (Fair), 
Weiser, Id. . 



UTERATI 



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Obituary 



CIRCUSES 

Hagenbeck-Waliace 

Get, 3-5,. Muskogee, Okla.; 6, Mc- 
Allister; 8, Elk City, Okla.; 9, Sham- 
rock. Tex.; 10, Amarillo; 11, Plain- 
view; 12, Lubbock; 13, Snyder, Tex. 
John Robinson's 
Oct 3, Riedsville, N. C.; 4, States- 
ville; 6, Hickory; 6, Shelby; 8. 
Greenville, S. C. 

Sells Floto 
Oct. 3, Ontario. Calif.; 4, Alham- 
bra; .5, Morovla; 6, Long Beach, 
Calif. 



(Continued from page 28) 

the "Romanism", letter, and then 
bragged about it the next day. 

Scribes Jn Washington' represent- 
ing metropolitan dailies throughout 
the world are agreed that Baxter 
has a great chance, as has the 
"Post," if McLean, of the famous 
loan .to former Secretary - Fall in 
the oil scandal, doesn't suddenly 
put up the "stop" slg^. 



Critic a Yesnian 

In his preface to the published 
book form of his play, "The Queen's 
Husband," Robert Emmett Sher- 
wood, .the editor, of "Life," who had 
another Broadway dramatic ^snjash 
to his credit in "The Ro^d to 
Rome," deals with critics andiAmer- 
1 can manners. The editor and play- 
wright comments on St. John Er- 
yine's comment on himself in, the 
London Observer (Ervlne Is now on 
the New York World), states: 

"There used to be an article in 
the universal credo — based, presum- 
ably, oh the examples of such prien 
as Addison, HazUtt, Shaw and 
Huheker— ta the effect that the 
critic is the superior person who 
wastes his life In a futile effort to 
guide the public's low taste to high- 
er levels. .That belief Isn't quite so 
prevalent In these days of Variety 
box-scores and book-bf-the-ihonth 
clubsl" 

From this the pla.ywrlght devel- 
ops the point that a critic — literary 
or dramatic— today is first and last 
a good newspaperman and a faith- 
ful reporter and yes-man of the 
public' mind In guiding them to the 
best either in books or plays. . 

Charles Scribner's Sons brought 
out"The Queen's Husbiajid'.' in book 
form ($2). 



SAM BOWKER 

Sam Bo-\vker, 82, the first actor 
after tlie Civil War to play 
Uncle Tom lu St. Louis stock, 
died at Los Angeles after a year 
of illness St'pt. 24. Bowker started 
with Ben. DeHarr in St, Louis In 
1866, He played slock In Chicago 
and then.eutered the employ of Kohl 
& Middleton as ticket taker nt the 
old Chicago Opora House and Hay- 
market in Chicago. .Kohl & Mid- 
dleton .sent him to Cincinnati and 
also Milwaukee to manage mu.seiims 
operated by them. 

In. 1907 he was brought to Los 
Angeles by Claf-ence Dt-owh at that 
time manager of the Orpheum. He 
became stage door man, then when 
the Orpheum moved to Its next site 
on Broad'way he went along, hold- 
ing the same pcist. In 1916 he quit 
the Orpheuni and for 11 years 
worked as a ticket taker In a Main 
street motion picture house. 

His wife, a professional,, died a 
year affo. He was a member of 
the Masonic order arid the Elks. 
Both organizations conducted his 
funeral. 



DIXIE MINES 

One of the best knoWn and best 
liked Broadway press agents, Dixie 
Hlnes, 56, died at his home In New 
York Oct. 1, succum'bing to hip 
disease of long standing. He was 
cognizant of the seriousness of the 
attack, having discontinued news 



Activities of Par writers Include 
dialog for "Drums of Oude," adap- 
tation of Florence VidOr Story by 
Ray Harri.s, and writing of "The 
Upstart Gentlemen," by John M. 
Saunders. 



As the first of hla foalures for the 
new program', Mack Scnhctt will re- 
sume production on "Dirty \Vork." 
Matty Kemp, Sally lOilers and John- 
ny Burke will again, be featured. 



Louis W. Chaudf't, inn king "Spirit 
of the WildernoH.ci" and filming ex- 
teriors in Canada, returns to Holly- 
wood n(»xt week for intr-ridrs. 



Familiar Mames 

Florence Ryerson, in Hollywood, 
scenarist, has quit trying to find a 
name for herself which -won't dupli- 
cate . that of sonie one. else. When 
she went to Radcliffe college she 
was Florence WlUard, end disc'Ov- 
ered that she was only oiie .of four 
Florence Willards, two of them at! 
the college, another vvho -wrote her 
from Iowa on publication of her first 
story. She niarrled and . became 
Florence Ryersoh; only." to discover 
that there was a New York- actress 
of that name. . 

. Now, In private life, the scenarist 
is Mrs. Colin Clements. She began 
signing her name Florence W, 
Clements until she learned from her 
PQstmari of another Florence W, 
Clements In the neighborhood. Then 
she gave up. 



IN MEMORY OF 

My Devoted Hu.sband 

JIMMIE RAYMOND 

-WTio passed out of ■ 
This Life Oct. 2, 1927 



Leading Gabber* . 

HeyWood Broun, In his New York 
Telegram column, recently picked 
what he termed his all-Anierlcan 
team of talkers. He picked Clar 
ence Darrow, George Jean Nathan, 
Irving Cohb, Max Eastman, Al E. 
Smith, Mrs. Alice Longworth, Alex 
Woollcott, Dorothy Parker, Will 
Rogers, Floyd Dell and Herbert 
Bayard Swope of the New York 
World. 

In picking Swope, Hey's former 
boss, Broun wrote that "the execu- 
tive editor of the World had the 
reputation of never being talked 
down by any living mortal." 



Young Hearst's .Training 

Willie Heatst, Jr.. is gatherlni; 
repertorlal experience on his fath- 
er's New York American by going 
to Tyortc in 4 RpU^^ 
nite life lane.. In between young 
Bill is apt to invite the police head- 
quarters gang up to any high-grade 
speak for something or other. 

Eddie Cantor's Story 

Satevepost starts this week Ed- 
die Cantor's biography, "My Life 
Is In Your Hands," the work to be 
published In book form later by 
Harper & Bros. Author is David 
Freedman, young writer of stories 
with Jewish themes, whom Cantor 
discovered and through whose rec- 
ommendation Freedman was en- 
gaged by Flo Ziegfeld to write the 
Belle Baker flop musical, "Betsy." 
Because Freedman failed to collect 
any royalty on the show. Cantor 
gave hlni a break by letting him 
author his btogrraphy. 



Newspaperman Joins Ministry 

From the stage and newspaper 
xepDXtlng.^to.=:the==.pulplt-ls=.--the^.path 
:aken by H. Goodrich Gates, one 
time member of the Jersey 'Theatre 
Guild and staff correspondent for 
the New York Herald Tribune. 

Ordained to the Baptist ministry. 
Gates will take over the pastorate 
of the Church of the Puritans, 5th 
avenue and 130th street. New York. 
He was at one time editor of the 
Yonkers Statesman, J 



and press letters before he took to 
bed. These letters were dissemi- 
nated weekly over a long period of 
years. 

Mr. Hlnes was an organizer of 
the Theatrical . Press Representa- 
tives' Association and editor of The 
Quill, its monthly organ.. 

Though racked with pain his 
sense of humor never deserted him. 
It was outstanding In his likeable 
personality. 

Services were held at Campbell's, 
parlors Tuesday afternoon with the 
remains being sent to Balnbridge, 
Ga,, for burial; 

Deceased Is survived by a sister 
and a niece, Miriam Hopkins, who 
has become -well known on the 
stage. 



.sociatos iu the Keith sanctums u© 
was popularly knpwn as "Hop." 

For the three months preceding 
demise his health had been such 
that ho could no longer attend to 
his KeltU duties and he went to hig 
home In Charleston for a rest. 

Mr, Hopkins had never married. 
Two brothers and a sister sur-y^ive. 



JACK MILLER 

Jack Miller, 40, actor, died Sept. 
25 in Mercy Hospital, .S'ah _ Diego, 
Cal. Mr. Miller had. spent the sum- 
mer In San Diego and expected to 
return, to Los Angeles,, where he 
had been engaged In picture work. 
Intestinal trouble became acute and. 
he was removed to the hospital. 

The 4iceasod^prior to his .picture 
work nau appeared on the legit 
stage. 

Survived by his widow, Mr.s. Dell 
Miller. 



JAMES DEVLIN 

James Devlin, 50, veteran vaude- 
villian and former agent, died Sept. 
30 at Saranac Lake, N, Y., where he 
had been for some years in the hope 
of benefiting his health. Devlin 
played a comedy crook playlet In 
vaude with his wife, Mae Elwoodi 
for years. Mrs. Devlin died some 
years ago. 

When his health became impaired 
Devlin went to a dry cliinate, and, 
ialthough his cbhdltlon Improved at 
times, it -vvas such that . he. didn't 
dare return to Broadway. The death 
of his wife helped' to -undermine his 
health. ' 



CAPT, CLIVE MASKELYNE 

Captain Cllve Maskelyne, thirty- 
threci faumos Illusionist, died on 
board the P. & O. Liner Rawalpindi 
bound for India Sept. 16, and was 
burled at 'sea. He was the eldest 
surviving . member of the Maskel- 
yne family, whoise illusions and disr 
appearing tricks . have been a tra- 
dition In London for generations, 
CapL Maskelyne was intended 
originally for the army, but went 
on the stage, although he served 
in the Great War and was awarded 
the Military. Cross, a distinguished 
medal. He was president of the 
Magic Circle in London and was 
running a theatre of mysteries at 
the St. George's Hall in conjunction 
with his brother. He leaves a 
widow and one child. 



PAUL KENO 

Paul Keno, 43, vaudevillian, died 
Sept. 6 at his home in Cleveland. 
Keno and his wife had formied the 
vaudeville team of Keno and Wag- 
ner and had played Keith and Or- 
pheum houses. 

Several years ago Keno's health, 
became Inipaired and he quit the 
stage to open a theatrical booking 
office in Playtiouse square, Cleve-. 
land. His widow (Edna Wagner) 
survives. 



ANTON ASCHER 

Anton Ascher, who appeared In 
the first company of "The Spider" 
last season died at the Polyclinic 
Hospital, New York. Sept. 30, victim 
of cancer. Mr. Ascher -was in 111 
health for some time. His eyesight 
was affected by cateracts and during 
the run of the show at the Musio 
Box he fell through a trap door. 
The accident is not believed to have 
any coiinection with the fatal 
malady. 



WILLIAM MURPHY 

William Murphy, 62, vaudevillian. 
died Oct 2 at his home in New 
York of heart trouble. 

Mr. Murphy had been on. the 
stage many years, but most of his 
vaude career was with Murphy and 
Palmer. Funeral will be held Thurs- 
day (Oct. 4) from St Michael's 
church. New York, with Interment 
in Evergreen cemetery. 



. HARRY ZOOK _ : 

Harry A, Zoolc. 31, single, of 
Keith's publicity department. New 
York, died Sept, 29 at St Michael's 
hospitalj Newark, N. J., from In- 
juries sustained In an auto accident 
Sept 24 near that city. With a se- 
verely fractured skull he never re- 
covel-ed consciousness. 

Zobk, along with Floyd Scott 
was recently transferred to New 
York from the Kelth-Orpheum press 
department In Chicago. In New York 
he was assigned to handle the Tom 
Mix engagement In Boston for 
Keith and Mr. Mix later commented 
it -was the finest exploited week of 
his stay in vaudeville. 

Deceased" elder brother, George 
Zook, accompanied the remains tot 
the family homo In Elkhart, Ind. 
Parents also survive. 



JOHN HOPKINS 

John Hopkins, 57, who had charge 
of. ^ pur clyasl njf .suppl Les for the 
Keith Circuit died July 8 in 
Charlestown, W. Va., following a 
long Illness of chronic anemia. 

Mr. Hopkins had been with the 
Keith oinpes for 23 con.sccutlve 
years, prior to that connection he 
had had no' other theatrical afiUia- 
tlon. Previously Mr. Hopkins had 
been a private secretary for a busl- 
n«*<s man In New York. To his as- 



JOSEPH MAYER 

Joseph Mayer, 42, former editor 
of the Billboard, died Sept 26 at his 
homo in Latonia, Ky., of acute Indi- 
gestion. 

In recent years Mayer was en- 
gaged in picture publicity work and 
In theatrical business in Hamilton. 
His widow, three children and pa- 
rents survive. 



JOHN KELTON 

John Kelton, 70, minstrel cornet- 
ist, committed suicide in Blooming- 
ton, 111., Sept. 24. A news account 
of his death appears elsewhere In 
this' issue. 



George Taylor, 57, Chicago, pub- 
licity .man, died Sept. 22 at the. 
Presbyterian Hospital In that city. 
Widow and son survive. 



The mother of J. J. Mooney, in 
Cleveland, Sept. 25. 



The mother of Jack Mayer, man- 
ager of the Liberty, New York, died 
Sept. 26. She was widowed abo'ut 
two years ago. 



Cast of "The Spirit of Youth." 
T.-S., directed by Walter Lang, in- 
cludes Dorothy Sebastian, Larry 
Kent Maurice Murphy and Anita. 
Fremault 



Mont© V Blue's next for Warner 
Brothers will bo "No Defense." 
Tallvor. Robert Lloyd on the .story. 



Louis Wolhclni 
Song" (Par), 



added "Wolf 



Fox took up their option for an- 
other year on the j^ervlce^* or 
Marion Orth, jJi-enari^-t, 



Wednesday, October 3, 1928 



VARIETY 



59 



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Woods Bldg., Suite 604 
Phones: Central 0644-4401 



CHICAGO 



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Chicago Office for information. Mail may 
be addressed care Variety, Woods B.ldg., 
Chicago. It will be held subject to call, 
forwarded or advertised in Variety's Letter 
List. 



Palace 

Well assembled layout Sunday 
afternoon with James Barton hold- 
ing down next to closing for the 
aecohd week and toi>lining all alone 
In lights. With plenty, of hoofmg 
on the bill, Barton followed 'em all 
Quite a feat for the rubber-legged 
Barton, considering that right ^be-. 
hind Jiim was Carl Shaw, who does 
more tricks on one foot than many 
others would attempt on two. 

Eddio Conrad and Marion Eddy 
took their time plenty and stayed 
for about 25 minutes. Conrad is a 
laugh-getter with his piano roust- 
abouting and eccentric antics, and 
Miss Eddy's sweet . pipes are an 
asset. Spotted fourth, the team 
scored all the way, ^ * 

Pallenberg's .Bears opened to 
good returns. Gilbert and French, 
No 2. pair of silk hat dancers with 
light comedy asides. Clean-cut 

toys. 1 

iMaud Powers and Vernon Wal- 
lace offered dramatic highlights 
with sketch. "Now. York," authored 
by the Hattons. Well-knitted piece 
in blackout form. Outstanding 
w'ork by both principals with good 
assistance by Earl Clater and Will 
Gleason. . ^ , 

Jan Garber and his Columbia 
recording orchestra cleaned up the 
first half. Great musical outfit, 
with Garber a clever showman.' 
Rhythmical sinking trio' in the band 
clicked heavily. Carl Shaw and 
Jean Carroll after Intermission, 
with Shaw getting a big lead-off. 

After all this Barton followed for 
22 minutes" and stopped even him- 
self. Refused a curtain bow while 
the mob outrapplauded itself. 

The Six Rockets, sextet, of acro- 
batic and gymnastic, gals on Roman 
ladders, closed and held 'em in. 

Biz good for the matinee. 

Loop. 



Fisher's orche.stra comes in with 
Fisher acting as m. c. 

Alex Swidler, local manager of 
Bert Levey oflicc, has gone to Den- 
ver ;to meet Levey there and con- 
fer on business. 



Jack Miller, president of the Ex- 
hibitors' Ass'n of Chicago, is in 
Buffalo, where he rushed to the 
bedside of his father, dangerously 
111. . 



Schepnstadt Bros, will Western 
Electric their Piccadilly on the 
south side. 



I'Vlday night. At the last shovy- on 
Friday evo'nings collegiate songSi 
yolls and stunts will be featured.. 



Jimmle Brundagc's orchostra at 
New DoUr cafe at Morton Grove, 
laddie Clifford, tenor, l.s m. c, with 
Townsond and Bold,, dancers. 



Cliioaero Rodeo Ass'n. Incorporated 
for $25,000, 



Ray Feldman , is handling pub- 
licity for the Carrcll Theatrical 
Agency, and is al.so in charge of 
the club department of that agency. 

Esther Brassovanyl, 17-year-old 
high school girl, is conducting the 
amateur night shows in the minia- 
ture theatre on Chicago's muhlci- 
I)al Navy pjer for Hugo JCrause, 
pier superiiiteiidGnt, 



' Carrcll agency is using the 
American theatre as a showing 
house on Wednesday nights. House 



Upon the return of Al Kvnle to 
the in. c. job at H & K's Norshore, 
the Howard Businoss Men's associa- 
tion threw a dinner for him at a 
North side hotel. 



Will J. narri.s, B Hi K producer, is 
prodiicing a special stage vShow for 
tho Norshore, tagged "Hello North- 
wostorns." It will he an nll-c'bllogo 
bill. Northwestern university near- 
by. 



Morris Silver, of Balahan & Katz, 
and Max Turner, of the Chicago 
Morris oincc, will leave next weel< 
to. attend a Puhlix booking meet at 
New York. 



Ealaban & Katz took over the 



Admiral theatre, grind, picture 
house on the northwest side, closed 
the past five months, will reopen. 
George Evans, who also operates 
the Lincoln Hippodrome . in the 
same nieighborhobd, has it. 

Herman DeVrles, musical critic of 
the Chicago Evening American 
(Hearst), is also acting in the ca- 
pacity of a dramatic critic for that 
paper. He is covering certain loop 
musicals with particular attention 
to the musical end of the show. 



Edward S. Beck has installed 
Dramaphone for sound at the Castle. 
"The Scarlet Lady" (Columbia) 
opened the sbuhd policy. 

' James Wingfield, who for the 
racing season has been engaged on 
the staffs of several of the rac« 
tracks, will return to his office next 
week. 



After remaining dark for a year, 
Indiana, at 43rd and Indiana, re 
opens this week with straight pic 
tures. A corporation of business 
men has been formed to operate the 
house. 



Ed Glttleson, formerly connected 
with the Orpheum Club depart- 
ment. Is now asgociatcd with the 
Ernie Young ofDce, in the same ca- 
pacity. 

Gittloson is a brother of .Ike 
Bloom, the cafe man. 



"The Terror," Warners* talker, 
bookod for run at Roosevelt around 
Nov. 1, 

Two Warners' talkers, originally 
scheduled for the Orpheuiri, War- 
ners' own house, have been 
switched to B. & K.'s Chicago the 
"atre;; ^- . 

Films are "Caught In the 'Fog,' 
current, . and "Women They Talk 
About," next week. La;tter .picture 
was at first set for . tho Oriental 
this week, but with Paul Ash's re- 
turn it was figured not necessary 
to count on thfe film. 

Reopened Green Min will haive a 
new floor show Oct. 10. Billy 
Rankin Is putting In 12 girls and 
acts. Latter will Include .Adele 
Walker, Noel and Judith, Lillian 
Barnes and Marcclla Hardy. Buddy 




COR R ESP ON D E N C E 

All matter in CORRESPONDENCE refers to current week unless 
otherwise indicated. 

3> The citieiB under Correspondence in this issue of Variety are as 
follows and on oaaest 



BOSTON 
BRONX .... 
BROOKLYN 
BUFFALO . 
CHICAGO .. 



63 
60 
61 
60 
59 



CINCINNATI ..61 

CLEVELAND 59 

DENVER ....... 59 

DETROIT 60 

INDIANAPOLIS 59 



KANSAS CITY 
LOS ANGELES 
LOUISVILLE ., 
MINNEAPOLIS 



59 
62 
60 
62 



DENVER 



By HARRY FORWOOD 

Aladdin — "The Terror" (wired). 
America — "Lights of New York" 
(wired),. 
Colorado — "River Woman." 
Denham--"Our Bettors" (Frltizi 
Schcff and stool; troupe). . 
Denver — "Lilac Time" (wired). 
Orpheum — Va u d e, . "Love Over 
Nigjif." 

Rialto — "Dancing . Daiight(>rs," 
Victory— "The Cameraman" (Ist 
ha,]f). 

State— "Kings." 



MONTREAL • 61 

PORTLAND, ME. 62 

SAN FRANCISCO 62 

SEATTLE • 61 

SYRACUSE ..... ........ 60 



Hollywood Baby Star.^, a nnislcal 
revue conipaijy from tho ^Vo^st coa.st, 
dosfd ah unsuccessful' cngagemenl 
at the Colorado Thursday. Uave 
Ciood, ni.c. from the West coast, woi: 
out and will probably remain to 
lead the band, Frod V. Greone, Jr., 
expioitationist from First Na- 
tional, ran tho Colorado for sev- 
eral, months at Bishop's roquest, 
and succeeded in minimizing the 
red. l!ut he has returned- to hi.s 
oflicc in : ' '\v York City. 

Bert 1. ' y has leased the Emp- 
ress from o .JJenvor Post and will 
install vnotlCiiim beginning Oct. 6. 
Bert PI'.i. .n, local Levey rep., 
closed :the deal with Louis Le.vand. 
house man;iger for rriany years. 
Lcvoy has taken a.. .14-year lease. It 
ia understood. The Empress, home 
of olie.xp musical coniedy and vaude 
since tlie - days of Sullivan.- Consi- 
dino, has been, a risky proposition 
during the past few. seasons, with, 
few coitiptinics remaining giny 
length of time. Levey thinks he 
can put it over at 15-25. 

Vol. . i. No. 1 of Real. Stories 
Magazine didn't! last long in Den 
ver. After police received com 
plaints of buyers, who charged the 
publication contained obscene liter- 
ature, news stands were raided and 
mag. taken off. E, D. Bowman, of 
the Bowman News Company, dis- 
tributors of magazines, was ar- 
rested and charged with handling 
obscene literature. 



ers. "The Spider," hardest play In 
company's repertory, picked as 
opener. Billle Nunn, diri'ctor, be- 
lieves if it goes over they could 
clean up on anything else. 

Ethel Barrymore and company 
scheduled to arrive in town to re- 
hearse "Kingdom of God," to have 
pronliero at Hanna nex^ week. 

Graham McNamee and his radio 
revue will open scvason of eight ce- 
lebrity entertainments Oct. 29- at- 
Publi;' Hall under auspices of Loui.^; 
L. Allier. I'cggy Wood, in bits of 
hor suooesses, to close series. 

Frank Greenwall, manager of XJni- 
veraal's Oriental,, playing stock tabs. 

Fifteen models selected by Keith's 
Palace for its fall fur style show, 
beginning Oct. 7. Grace Taylor, am- 
ateur, won first prize of $100. Con- 
test attracted 2,000 professional 'and 
amateur models. 



formerly booked by the Associa- 
tion. 



Orpheum, Green Bay, Wis., will 
use 6 acts four days a week. 
Booked by Jqhn Bentley. 

Valpo, Valpariso, Ind., U acts 
thrice weekly. 

Great States' Valley theatre, at 
Spring Valley, 111., has 3 acts on 
Sunday. 

RlvoU, Munson, Ind., and "Tivoll, 
Richmond, have discontinued last 
half vaude for sound pictures. 

Moving Picture Bureau of the 
Chicago police department rejected 
91 films during 1927. • 

In the 8,127,000 feet of film in- 
spected, 6,769 eliminations were or-- 
dercd. 

Lease of the Mindllns oh the 
Playhouse, sure-seater, expired 
Sept. 23. The boys remain in on 
an extension before picking another 
Chi spot. 

Two contract claims were filed 
last week by acts against Earl 
Taylor Enterprises, fair booking 
office. Thelma Deonzo and com- 
pany entered claim for $300 salary, 
and Burke and BUrke.ask $150. 

. H H. Hull is FBO branch man 
ager at Milwaukee, succeeding S 
H Abrams, who resigned. Hull 
-has- been- In . .Indianapplis . f or „y.ve 
years for FBO. 

George Burdlck has taken ovci 
the management of the American 
theatre, former Association showinB 
snot, located at Ashland and Madi- 
son. Burdick had the house several 

^"^Mauric^' j. Fraincill, formerly of 
vaude, has been making appear- 
ances In loop department stores 
with radiO' devices designed to show 
the possibilities of radio in the 
future. 

Balaban and Katz are again fur- 
nishing Paul Ash pictures and en- 
dorsements to local advertisers, 
Latest is an intensive advertl.sing 
camp.aign for a new method of hair 
rejuvenation. 

Marks Brothers Granada theatre, 
located near the Northwestern ITni- 
vcr«;ity here, will have free dancing 
in the foyer 'of the theatre every 



1244 N. DEARBORN, CHICAGO. SUPERIOR 4980 
Swimming Pool — Gymnasium— Rehearsal Hall 

r%^A.^^ lAf^A^Lrlw i Single— $9.00 to $15-00 

Rates weeKiy i Double— $10.50 to $21.00 

Wc pay your tranKportatlon by taxi from any gt ation In tb.c ci ty _ 



Riviera, former Keith house, Sun- 
day. Present policy continues for a 
inontii or so; until a more satisfac- 
tory one is doped out, 

Dave Dubin, Chicago district man- 
ager for Educational, back at his 
olfice after a minor operation. 

Horace Sistare will keep his 
stock players in the Ka ! mal the- 
atre here for another year, with 
Maude Fealy retained as a principal. 

WLS (Sears Roebuck' Station), Is 
putting In a radio show of their 
own talent at the Congress next 
week. Nat Kalcheim, of the Morris 
office, made the booking. 

Dave "Curly" Ross, cabaret booker, 
has put in shows at the Club Royale 
and Beaumont. Also booked Eddie 
Chester, Medio and Andrews, Esther 
Sterling and Margaret Edwards into 
Lulgis, Detroit; Shirley Mallette, 
Harry Hart, Morita Sisters, Kay 
Sisters and Down Sisters into Gara- 
velli's Avalon, St. Louis. 

INDIANAPOLIS 

By EDWIN V. O'NEEL 

Circle — "Sunrise." 
Palace — "Dancing Daughters.' 
Apollo— "The Terror." 
Indiana— "Sawdust Paradise.* 
M utual— Burlesque. 
Lyric — Vaudfilm. 

Indiana will boost price 5 and 10c, 
Oct. 6. It has only stage show In 
town - and -Is- bringing Ed. Reisner 
former Circle conductor, to add 
overtures to musical program. 

Indiana Ballroom opened with Slim 
LaMar'.s orchestra. Wck .Powell, 
former Circle m. c, will open at the 
ballroom with his band Oct 13. 

Movie business picked up with the 
return to central standard time. 

Louisville company lea.scd Lyric,. 
Indiana and Royal Grand, Marion. 
Wrecking of the Indiana begun. New 
structure ready March 1. 

Loew's Palace conducted "Two 
Lovers" contest in connection with 
film. Mr. and Ura. R. B. McCon- 
nell, married 71 years, won contest. 

William Blanchard will manage 
new Spencer, Ind., house, built by 
E. M. Viquesney, noted sculptor. 

Frank O. Krcsler, manager, an- 
n.-iunccd Rpn.sselaer's now picture 

.j. hoi 1 se, .f 'P.en ing_^ i .n_two _ wc<LkS;,.. ^ 

! Oliver, South Bend's oldest play 
lliousf, leased to Central Amusi'menl 
M'nrp. by Ki'ith circuit. <:iff(>rd- 
Jackson stock now at Blackstonf 
will move in. 

Will Huff, local Kflth'P manager, 
transfprrod to rifv-land, and (-iif-- 
Ffhn\v,'ilt'-r, trf-.".rurfr. in. cliarg'j. 
Opening date uncertain. 



Harlend Fend, press agent of 
Loow's State, appointed head of 
publicity department for Loew's 
Penn and Arlino, In Pittsburgh, by 
W. A. Finney, division manager. 

irrcd Barto, fiirmer exploitation 
agent for l.'nited . Artists, succeeds 
Howard Foersto as manager of 
Loew's i'ark. Forste left last week. 



With one exception business poor 
all over town la.st weok. Ziegfeld's 
"Rio Rita" did tremendous business, 
$35,000, at Hanrta. 

KANSAS CITY 

By WILL R. HUGHES 

Shubert— "Desert Song" (2d week). 
Mainstreet^"Lilac TIme"-vaud. 
Midland — "Two Lovers." 
Newman — "Patriot." 
Pahtages— "Submarine." 
Globe— "Kings." 
Capitol — "Dandies Revue." 



"The King of Kings" haa opened 
an extended run, at pop prices, at 
the . State, Pathe-owned - house. It 
was originally booked into the State 
on the understanding that Photo- 
phone would be Installed, then 
word came from New York that 
the sound equipment could not be 
put In for the run. Harry Huff- 
man, owner of the Aladdin and 
America, both wired, bid for the 
picture and. got It. 

I Denver Post has again been se 
lected as the territorial representa- 
tive of the Atwatcr Kent radio au- 
dition for this year. , Agnes DavlH, 
Denver soprano, won national radio 
contest last year. She Is abroad 
now, studying under noted teachers. 



CLEVELAND 

By GLENN C. PULLEN 
Hanna — "Imperfect Lady." 
Ohio— "Rio Rita." 
Little— "Anna Clirlstle" (stock). 
Alhambra— "Spider" (stock). 
Gordon Square — "White Cargo" 
(stock). 

Playhouse — "Faithful" and "Man 
of Mischief" (stock). 
, Stillman (wired)- "White Shad- 
ows" (3d week). 

Cameo (wired)— "Lights N. T." 
(2d week). 
Palace — "Perfect Crlme"-vaude, 
State (wired)— "City Sleeps" - 
Publix unit. 
Allen (wired)— "Terror." 
Keith's 106th — "Stocks and 

BIonds"-vaude. - - . — — 

Oriontai— ^Stock tab. 
Columbia — "Hadium Queens" 
(Mutual). 

"Street Angel" at Palace last 
I week, five shows dally, broke house 
record, previously held by "What 
I Price Glory." 

Arnold Gates, treasurer Loew's 
State, transferred to Loew's Allen 
It Is reported that charige was due 
to disagreement with new State 
manager, (jebrge Dumond. 

Newspaper gag to exploit Pauline 
Frederick's "Imperfect Lady" at 
Hanna. Prizes for pretty hab|es, 
winner to act as under.study for 
flvc-month old Flora Mae In show's 
cast. Drawing the fond parents. 



Ruth Van Leuvcn, local singer, 
will become the bride of William T. 
Welch, son of the founder of Welch 
Grape Juice., Oct. 9. 

Harry Snao Is asst. treasurer of 
the Shubert. 



Mar en Berdine will have a lead 
Role In "The Outsider," Kansas 
City theatre's first, starting Oct. 8. 
Opposite will be John B. Shanahan, 
formerly of stock. ' 



A company to play "Naughty ^- 
Marletta" In this territory is in rer 
hearsal hero. Almce T.oVrlanl Is Ll- 
zette. 



When in Chicago 
Visit These Hit* 



HSAM H. Matlneoa Wodnc^day and 
ARRIS Saturday, 
Arthur Hopkins Presents 

nircct from a year'n run in . 
New York, the <Jr«>«t Coinody Snco««» 
Called "HUKMCHQUK," wlMi 

Hal Skelly and 
Barbara Stanwyck 



SELWYN Mate. TlvifH. ana Sat. 
SCHWAB and MANDEt, HrlnK You 
TIIK SV.W C-OH.EiJIATE 
MUKIC'AI. COMKW\ 

"GOOD NEWS" 

-with -an-- --- 

II.L-AMERICAN TEAM OI PLAYEnS 

FORTY FLAPPER rRESIfllCS 
4J}E LYMAN (IIIoiAelf) & IIIR OHCU. 



MATS. 
WED. anil SAT. 



A. H. WOOnH' 

ADELPHI 

A. II. WOOD?' 

"The TRIAL OF MARY DUGAF' 

By ItayanI Vclllor 
with ANN HAKDI.NG 
and OrlRinol New York Caet 



Little 
n.i.;,'ht of 
5londay 
to hold 
noiinced 
wiiite^UP 
but real 
compan J 



theatre changed oponln;; 
new plavs from Sunday to 
night arler "Lillom" failed 
up for second . weok. An- 
that shows never got a 
i^bcforo-Tu£^xIay,_..aD.iL^y.ay, 
reason in it'll givn stocli 
more lime to rehfi-irso. 



STUDEBAKER Mat. Today 

MART BA.SIL Violet Komple 

NASH RATHBONE COOPER 



IIENKY 

STEPHENSON 



FERDINAND 

GOTTSCHALK 



As'-lBtoil by Orlfflnol Cant In 
the ContinontHl Comedy KonHtttlOn 

The Command to Love 



A I Onen. fr.rnier orclif.«^t.ra leader 
at Lof'w's State, now dirofling pit 
band at Lnow's \Vcst Side Crana'i.-i. 



' AflfT dark for four fnr)rin:.i, -M- 
lia.nil-ra rcofienf-d >>y nnb: !' -1 ('"m - 
pany of llobr-r.^on- Smith stock play- 



CORT MATS. WICD. AND SAT. ' 

A HIT 

ROLAND YOUNG 
THE QUEEN'S HUSBAND' 



60 



V A R I E T Y 



LOUISVILLE 

B P o w n — "J.iUic Timo" (lU'Own 

'^^Gay'ety ■•lU>Uo Purco" (Mul,uan. 

Rialto- •'•Docks of N. Y."— vauilo. 

Loew's State- '■White Shailows," 
wivi'il. . 
. Strand "l-'ciir Suns." wiriM;!. 

Alamo— "( ^aiifiht in Vvtx," wU-od. 

Mary Anderson --' King of Ki1i{,'s,' 

"wircvl, . . _ ,, ■ 

Maje6tic-'-"Sto;uviboat IjiU, Jr. 

r.nnvn Players close at P-rown on 
Cel. J:^. UiU-vcy . SU'i'liens ami 
Miirion Wolls, loa^ls. . 



J^otAv.s . State playinB pictures 



only. Garber's orohestrft has gone 
to Keitli's Palace, Chicago. 

Keith's Mary Anderson playing 
.sound program.. J. H. Hcswl'U man- 
ager. ■ 

Mr<^ Myrtle Zahnd now relief or- 
ganist at J.oow's Siale. Uaden 
Head, featured orKfini.-^t, 

Harrv Long, manager of T.oew's, 
alter disnilssitig live stage hands 
Inst week, announced that . Robert 
Oocke and ClifC Brennan had been 
added to the theatre stafC as house 
electricians. 



"Gay Paree'* will open road show 



Wednesday, October 3, 1928 | 



season at Brown Oct, 14 for four 

days. 

Following Bale of Keith's teafie 
on Majestic It la understood nego- 
tiations may get Brown Players for 
stock at the NaUonal. closed, m 
summer. 

Joseph Steurlo, former manager 
of the Walnut, sees xio chance or 
reopening. Theatre dark pince Au- 
gust- 

Players Club's opening play Is 
"Queen's Husband" at Wmiian s 
Club Auditorium Oct. 12. It will be 
permanent home of the Players 
Club. 




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Detroit— "Young Love," 
Cas3— "6 O'clock Girl." 
Lafayette— "Simba," 3d wee*. . 
Civic — (stock). . J, 

Orchestra Hall— (9-4) "A.braham's 

Bosom." ... I* 

Michigan— "The Crash"; unit 

Capitol— "Fleet's In"; unit, 

Madison— "Women." 

United Artists— "Two Lovers 
(sound); 2d week. . .,v. 
. Fox— "Street Angel** (sound); 2d 

Adarna— Dancing Daughters," 3d 

state— "Uiicle Toml's" (sound), 2d 

Oriental— "Taxi 13"; vaude. 
I_jttle — "Broken Blossom" (re- 

Cad il I ac ^ "Moonlight Maids" 

(Mutuail). ' ■ ' . i^„i„i 
Stoclc burlesque at Colonial, 
Broadway-Strand, Avenue, Loop, 
National and Palace. 

Adams, last of the silent down 
town Kunsky houses, will present 
its first sound picture in the near 
future. 

Walter Prltchard Eaton is ahead 
of the New York Theatre Guild 
Company for four weeks here, 
starting in November. Eaton talks 
before the College Club ^Women), 
October 4, and will discuss the 
modern drama before the Woman s 
City Club oh the same day. 

Laat night (Oct. 2) saw the open- 
ing of a new local venture, Detroit 
Theater Guild, functioning at 81 
Winder street. "The Substance and 
the Shadow," as its first Paul Mc- 
Pharlin, of the group, is a uthor. 

BRONX, N. Y. C. 

M. & S, Circuit, headed by Ellas 
Mayer and Louis Schneider-, Jias 
Acquired the Steiner and Blinder- 
man houses.. Combined circuit 
known as the Greater M. &. S. Cir- 
cuit, Inc. J j Vv „„i 
Gives M.. & S. seven additional 
houses, Cosmo, Stadium, Harlem 
Grand. Begun, Fifth Avenue* Pal- 
ace and King, all In Harlem. Ix)Uis 
Goldberg will be general manager 
of new chain, and Mike Edelstem, 
formerly g, m. for S. & B. remains 
supervisor of the Harlem theatres. 

When John Coi'Y went into bank- 
runtcy fecchtly, he was forced to 
reiTnqulsh control of the Windsor, 
subway circuit stand in the Bronx, 
and the house reverted to Harry 
Florsheim, the builder. Florsheim, 
without previous theatrical experi- 
ence has bUilt up business at the 
house to a point w^here it is doing 
phenomenally, the theatre having a 
record of playing to standing room 
almost every night thus far this 
season. A recent slight tilt in ad- 
mission prices had no ill effect. 

After booking Sunday concerts 
into the America, formerly Miner's 
Bronx, for 13 years, Sam Bernstein 
has given up that stand. He is 
now booking^ only the Windsor 
Sunday concerts in this section. 

Morris Blinder, who opened the 
Tuxedo, picture house, last week, 
is repor-ted seeking a manager for 
It. Difficulty in securing good pic- 
tures is given as reason. 

Although wired, Loew's new 167th 
street theatre has not played talk 
ers yet. No explanation given. 



By SIDNEY BURTON 
Teck— "Desert Song." 
Erlanger— "It's a Pleasure," 
Buffalo— "Fleet's In." 
Hip — "Wings" (2d week). 
Great Lakes— 'Singing FooL*. v 
Lafayette— "Hawk's Nest," 
Court St.— (Stock,) 
Gayety — "Mighty Atom," 

Wagner Stock at the Erlang^tl 
closes Oct, 20. Regular Bejison with 
"Porgy" Oct. 22. 

Buffalo Little Art Theatre (sure- 
geater) for pictures by Michael 
Mindlin opens here New Year'a, 
The site selected is the old Frank- 
lin D. Locke house In lower Delat 
ware avenue, to seat about 300. 
Announcement from New York 
confirmed by real estate company 
handling lease here. Locke hous* 
is one of the most historic in Buf- 
falo, Locke having beeii a partner 
of Grover Cleveland. 



Recent changes in the Court 
Street Players include the additioa 
of Milllcent Ward, Cecelia Murphy, 
Clifford Findley and Nick Warner. 

Henry B. Murtagh, formerly 
house organist at Lafayette Square, 
returns this week at Shea's Buffalo, 
Indef . 



Shea Publix interests opened «ie 
new Shea's Bailey, seating 2,500, 
Saturday, making the third neigh- 
borhood house and five theatres in 
all now operated in Buffalo by the 
Shea people. All sound policy. 



SYRACUSE, N. Y. 

By CHESTER B. BAHN 

Wieting— 1st half, "Merchant of 
Venice" (Arliss); 5-6. "Kingdom ot 
God"; next week. "The K Guy." 
Keith's— Vaud film. 
Savoy— Stock bur. 
Syracuse — ^A'audfilm. 
Strand— "Sadie" (wired). 
Empire— "ITncle Tom," 2d week, 
Loew's State ^ "Cameraman" 
(wired). 

Eckel— "Singing Fool" (wired). 
Harvard— 'Big City." 
Regent — "Gay Defender" and 
"Skyscraper." 

Avon— "Love" and "Tlie Red 
Raiders." ■ 
Palace— "Mad Hour." 
Rivoli— "liose-Marie." 



Shubcrts' Wieting. opening its 
road season this week, draws not 
only two of best known names in 
the legit, George Arliss and Ethel 
Barrymbre, but two first nights. 



Both at $3 top, heavy advance. 
Next week Syracuse gets another 
new piece, "The K Guy." at $1.50 
top. 

John J. Eurnes, Keith's, back on 
the job after a mild attack of the 
flu; 



Strand, Ithaca, pictures only for 
some time, now uses four acts. 



The Brighton, nevr neighborhood 
house now being completed for the 
System Amusement Company, con- 
trolled bv Frederick XJllman of Buf- 
falo, Will have Charles Goulding, 
veteran exhibitor, as its managing 
director. 



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laundry, shoes, etc., are sent out or returned. 

Nearest Hotel to Downtown Theatreis 

The Morrison stands closer than any other hotel to theatres, stores and railroad 
stations. Yet, at this central location, rooms are rented for $2,50 to $5 that would 
cost $5 to $8 in any other leadmg hotel. Store sub-rentals here are so valuable 
that they pay alZ the ground rent, and the saving is passed on to the guests. 

The Terrace Garden and Boston Oyster House 

At these two famous restaurants, the intimate, carefree atmosphere has won 
ihterhationai celebrity. In the Terrace Garden the light, vivacious dance music 
and sparkling entertainments have made it a favorite rendezvous for limch, dinner 
and after-theatre parties. Programs broadcast daily from WBBM. 

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BROOKLYN 

By JO ABRAMSON 
Werba's Brooklyn— "Tlie Song 

Writer." 

Majestic— "The Conunon Sin." 
Werba's Jamaica— "Littlo Spit^ 

fire." 

Boluevard- "Couraso." 
Rivera — Stock. 
Mayfair— Stock. 
Fulton — Stock. 

Albee— "The Water HoUr-\;i\nW\ 

Loew's Met — "]"'our Walls-viuulo. 

Fox. — "River Pirate" -stage show. 

Strand — "Lion and Mouse." 

Star— "Girls ' from New Yoi-k" 
(bur). • . 

Gayety — "Frivolities of 102!) 
(bur).. 

Casino — Stock Bur. 

Orpheum — "IToitio .Tannes"-vaU(lo. 

St. George Playhouse— l^ouhlo 
feature. 

Momart — "Down." 

Empire^ — "Oirl.s from llappylainV 
(bur). 



ase," by Tom Barry, at Boulevard. | 
presented by I..ew Cantor. 



"Hit the Dot^k" at Werba's 
Brooklyn next week, with "Smilin' 
Tliru" at the Jamaica, and "The 
Sons Writer" at lioulevard. "Trial 
of Mary i)ugan" at Majestic, 



. Rivera, stock during tlie week, 
stars vaudlihn Sunday. At May- 
fair, . al.so. playing .stock durinf? the 
week days,, picture, sliow offered 
. .Sunday. Boulovai-d; legit hou.se, 
jAiving eight acts Sunday. 



- MONTREAL 

Palace, "Mother Knows Best." 
Wii.cd. 

Capitol, "Our Dancing Daughters." 
Loew's, "The Cop." 
Imperial, Vaude. 
Princess, Shakespeare Players. , 
H;s Majesty's, G-S Operas (3d 
wiH'k). 

Orpheum, "Broadway" (stock). 
Gayety, "Speed Girls" (Mutual).- 
Strand, Four changes. 
Empress, Double change. 



JOlton theatre, 
.st'f'tion, opened 
•-.Street Angel." 



in Bensonhurst j 
Saturday with j 



Two new playis trying out here 
this week: Shuberts' Willard 
Mack's "Common Sin," at the Ma- 
jestic, and .Janet Beecher in "Cour- 



Kycbrown' and 
I^nNlicN Darkened 
Pcrnuiiieiitly 

Ccloiira (larkrns tlicm pornioncntly with one- 
innllcitlon. Kany to apply— harmlesn. tin- 
iilTertcd l)y wnshlnK. creams, Mraplrntln.n. 
eh: Eyclirows and lii.ihcii sliapcil niid dark- 
eiipd by expert) at our thops, SOc. Box of 
Coloura with li)PtnirUonB. $1.25 onatpald 
Splre'i, 26 W. 36tri St. & 34 W. 4Sth St.. N. Y. 



M 



IN E R S 

M AKE UP 



Florabell Amus'nnent Corp. took 
over management oC Floral the- 
atre. Floral I'aik, from John Mc- 
.Veill who built the ilfeatre. 

Tlie Marine Roof, of Bossen 
Iiotel, always money making propo- 
sition, closed Sept. 29. Main din- 
ing room music now furnished bV 
Arno Jacobs' orchestra. 



Starting on the all year roiinu 
policy of keeping Coney Island 
oi,cn summer and wintfir, Feltnuins' 
has not. sbut down, but made the 
■rc.st;iiirant a wannei- 'spot lor tlie 
cold months. tJrill, clam bake, cate 
and lish department open daily,, and 
business promising. Despite Felt- 
mans' winter opening most of the 
concessionaires have put up their 
shutters, for they regard the opcn- 
all-year-round policy as cold. ; 



l:3vory once In a while some one 
in Paris remembers this is the 
third biggest French city and .sends 
Ficnch companies, sometimes good 
and sometimes not. French Opera 
Coniique last week at the Princess 
rated in the latter clas.«<; one of the 
complete (lops ever shown here. If 
they grossed 50 per cent of the 
rent they paid for the week at the 
•house, lucky. 

. Next week at His Majesty's the 
Porto St. Martin Theatre of i'aris 
is .showing for a week after which 
has been described as a successful 
flutter in Quebec City. They are 
playing in dramas that da.te well 
back in the nineteenth century, but 
iht-y may go over for all that. 



Moulin Rouge 
Wednesday. . 



cabaret opened 



r.ord Willlngdon, Governor-Gen- 
eral of the Dominion, is the patron 
of the Stratford-on-Avon Shakes- 
peare Festival Players at the I'rin- 
fe.s.M. "This will bd the start of the 
I'layers' first, trans -Atlantic tour, 
under the direction of Comstock & 
(rest. Montreal Is a, bit shy on 
literati or at least enough to pay 
fi om 50c to $3. It is, however,, cer- 
tain to be -vnreir patronized by the 
elite, 



Est. Henry C. Miner, Inc. 



not 




Rian Jaine.s, coUininist on the 
Jh-Moklvn Kaglc, ha.s been engaKcd 
to iiHjidle the m. c. stuff at the n(;\v 
studio of WL,TH. in the Fox the- 
atre building. This is to be a Sun- 
day night feature. James is also 
going to a m. c. at the 101 Jc^lito 
i.evfrich 'I'dwer Criil ^-tarling (Jet. 

11. 

f^taiidard l.'iiidirs (i.vd iiicture 
i;illctl "The Penalty of Indiirer- 
, nee," finhlen lUil"' Saf<' ])i-iviiig 
.Miilitiji Pieluri', is c-xhiliili'd ot all 
ihi- local movie lii'U.'-<s. 



fJeorgo Rotsky, manager of the 
Pa.I.MCP, only wired house here, or 
f'ii- that matter .so far in C;tnada, 
is showing his first all talkie this 
week in "Mothers Know Rf^st." 
fienrge is bask,lng in the limelight 
these d.ays and has been, asked to 
.'iddress the convention of the Ad- 
vf'vtising Clubs of America here on 
how ho puts his ballyhoolng over. 
.Mianwbile, the Palace is g<'tting 
^.Tfis.'^es never dreamed of In the 
(lUi d.-iys of .straight sib'-nec pio- 

I Ufc'S. 



furnished at the price of $25,000. 
Tills makes this house one of the 
most attractive In town. 



SEATTLE 

By DAVE TREPP 
President— "Awful Truth" (stock). 
Orpbeum — "Butter and Egg Man" 
— vaude. 

Pantages— "None But Brave" — 
vaude. 

Seattre-^"Fir.st Ki.ss" — stage .show. 
Fifth Ave.— "I.'ilae Timi"," wired. 
Coliseum — "Rig Killing." 
Columbia — "Road to Ruin." 
Blue Mouse— "Caught in Fog," 
wired. 

Music Box — "Singing Fool," wired. 



Ted rjamblc is back from Oor- 
vallLs, Ore., where he w;is running 
the Universal houses for a couple 
of weeks. Ho is assistant to Mike. 
.Vewmon, head of the chain In 
.NTorthwesf. 



Hersehel Stuart, West Coast man- 
a.ger for tlii.s territory, is back from 
Montana and. eastern .Wa.shington 
where he accompanied Bud LolUer 
and Jack M.ansficld from the head 
ofTlces. F.'ill outlook good in Mon- 
t.'in.T. I'lans under way for new 
in Rilling.'?. West Coast 
more . tlni.e .for Fanejion 
iinits, -whleli are going so 



house 
needs 
Marco 



CINCINNATI 

By JOE KOLLINQ 

Shubert— "Night in Spain;-' 
Erianger — "Keep Shufflin." 
Taft — Walker stock. 
Cox — -N'.ational stock. 
Albee— "Fleet's In"- vaude. 
Capitol — "Beggars of Life."- wired. 
Lyric — "Dancing Daughters" (2nd 
week).. 

Keith's— "Tenth Avenue." 
Strand— "Be.-iu Broadway." 
Empres3-r-"J)alnty Dolls." 



"Rio Rita" splendid openiii.g at- 
traction la,st week for red(;ciMated 
i'Jrlanger Orand. $4 top. 



Sammy AVatkins' Orchestra opens 
Hotel (iibson Oct. 12. Tracy 
Brown's dan<'e band followed H.irrv 
WllIsey'H at Cribson Ro<*f this 
week, Willsey'.s at Cinelnnaii Club 
Oct. C. . 



TOarly cool .si)ell and receni clo.sy- 
of 100-night dog racing meet at 
Springdalc, near Clney,. have helped 
Increase theatre p,atronagc, .ibout 
town'. 



^;i;./'RENT A.. 



stjlidly in other houses. 



Art Hil'.' is now managf i' of Jti- 
dilh. I^ewlslown, ;i.nd is tjff to good 
si art. 



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I'.i-ooklvn T.ittlf Theatre, under 
l-:iiz;ilif.th B, (lilmliall's direction, 
will start the ,•-( roiid sey.'ron Nov. 
"') wllh four ])iav.s. . 




Jack W. TToins writing a coluirm 
f,)f the St.'indaid Tnion eniitle.l 
"AH .'Sround Town," appearing daily 
on the editorial page. 



After all the fu.SH and fedthers 
ovi'r thr- admission of clnldren to 

.in'i\ie hou.<':eH in defl.'inee of tti" 
•'Clnldren's Ac:t," everything is fjuiel 

4rei ■^^.'tnd^-tlie^v.Qungatfja , n re_g'iit) i/. 
in eve|-vwhore. The only I'nk; 
th'V liuist have parents alon.g. All 
till' first-run and neigliboi'hood 
lioii 1 s ;ire taking them nowadavii 
with the result biz, lis better tlian 
for jiiany month.s past. 



Oreaf Falls, Mont.. g(.)t second 
theatre in that .state \vii;ed, I/iberty. 
T^anded solidly.. Rialto, lluLte, has 
had sound for several montlis and 
going great. 

In snialler towns the sound hurl;' 
st;ige shows. Talking .shofts seem 
e.t |ir einlly liked. 



"'J'lie (;i):ii-(J^ inaji". and "Juno ami 
the i.'aycoek" are in rrOi-ars-al by 
the .Sr'.attle Repertory I'!,'iy})OU,se. 
Open wilh "(Vii.ai'dsrrian"' at .\Ielro- 
rjoliiaj), .Oct. .19. .\'e.';(it bition.s are 
ne.Trly e(Jini)ieled for bi;ildin.£.r ik'a 
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LOS ANGELES 



Prof««sional« hav* the Irf ust of Variaty's 
Le« Angolea Offica for information. Mail 
may be addressed care Variety, Loew's State 
BIdgq Suite 1221-22, Los Angeles. It will be 
held subject to call or forwarded, or adver- 
tised in Variety's Letter List. 



Orpheum 

Bill not up lo standard sot.wcHik 
before, but still above average. 
None of th©. acts poor but only 
Joseph Kograni tenor, h. o., and Ar- 
thur Byron and iamily in a sketch 
packed any wallop; Others easy to 
ait tlirouftli but mild. 
■ .Toe and Willie riale, scheduled 
opcnora, replaced ' by . the Ch-ocketi 
Family, introduced as . southern 
mountaineers, and went over In a 
way that showed they wore spotted 
too early. Quintet in hill costumes 
pl.iyed and danced a la old time 
barn stuff. 

Al Abbott did protealn village 
entertainment of score of years ago. 
Act impi'oved as he went along, best 
stunt being i^ed-haired accordionist 
singing sob songs of big city perils. 

In trey spot Ralph Olsen and Sue 
St. John aided by seven chorines had 
"Rainbow Revelries," dance act. 
Olson si'ored with slow motion danc- 
ing. Miss St, John went over with 
clever acrobatic and tip-toe ballet 
numbers. Line opened with fast 
tap-toe, the+i appeared in white 
bathing suits in novelty number, 
suspended by feet from framework 
of lattice drop. Closed with tip-toe 
number, with St. .lohn 'and Ol.sen on 
for .close. 

Norwood and Hall did sarne rube 
. coiriedy turn in which they h.aye ap- 
peared" before. Misses lots of chances 
for wows, though rather funny. 

The Byrons In sketch called "A 
Family Affair," appropriate title. 
After two weeks of high tragedy in 
the sketches, thi.s farce was a "elief 
that patiicked the crowd. Plot is 
twist of mistaken Identity gag and 
packs Iqt of laughs. All four of the 
Byrons have plenty of personality, 
the daughter sharing top honors 
with the father. 

After the newsreel Redmond a,nd 
Wells in mildly diverting comedy 
turn, with Redmond as a hick wise- 
cracker and Miss "VVells a gypsy for- 



tune toller. Thoy cpniliined patter 
with some good hoofing. 

Kogan followed in next to shut 
and duplicated his pcrformuhce of 
a week before— .stopped the show 
cold.' Audience kept him coming 
back, yelling more requests until he 
wound up, with "Mother Maohree." 

Fahtino Sisters and Co. closed 
with acrobatics, teeth suspension 
stuff, good enough to keep most of 
the crowd in. 



"Simba," animal film, booked to 
follow "The Godless Oirl" at the 
Biltmore theatre, will open Oct. 8, 
the De Mille . picture Closing Oct. 6. 
"Simba" will be in for three weeks, 
after which house will revert to legit 
atti*actions, with Guy Bates Post in 
"The Play's the Thing," to open 
Oct. 20. L<atter play had been sched- 
uled to go Into Mason, but plans 
switched. Nothing definite as to 
what will reopen the Mason, been 
dark since "Running Wild," colored 
musical, flopped. 



HELP WANTED MALE 

Poster Artist 

Kood letierer lor theatre lobby work 
I in Providence. Salary $60 and fare. 

A]>plr or Hend sumples to Boom 
414, 1540 Urondway, New York, 



During six months ending June 
30 last, T.Qs Angeles Coliseum netted 
$37,915 from , athletic events. Gro.ss 
was $70,446.86. DurinaP last fiscal 
year • net profit for Coliseum was 
$99,915. Biggest single intake from 
two U. S. C football games, which 
netted $53,355. 



West Coast theatre, Long. Beach, 
has adopted a split week on pic- 
tures. 



UniVersal's fourth series of "Col- 
legians" sei'ies, starting lale in fall, 
will carry a dialof? and sound ver- 
.sion as well as a silent one. 



Trem Carr puts into production 
Oct. 23 "Two Sl.sters," from novel 
by Virginia Terhunc Vandewator. 
Arthur Hoerl i.s doing adaptaitlon 
and continuity. Scott Pembroke 
will direct. 



Harold Dean Crosby, still camera- 
man First National, following live 
year.s' experimentation, has de- 
veloped a still photographic process 
for the reproduction of natural 
colors under artificial light. A neg- 
ative is returned carrying all colors 
photographed which are transferred 
intact to positive prints. 





-J.' James ^Mui^t^'Auction 



Presenting an Opportunity 

f or Home-Loyers of the Profession 
to Join the Bayside Theatrical 

Colony 

0]^J LONG ISLAND SOUND, in or immediately adjacent to 
beautiful ROBINWOOD at Bayside, lies a group of 64 
fully improved lots which the owner has decided to liquidate at 
PRICES/FIXED BY THE PURCHASERS. Included in the sale— 
and on the same basis — will be five beautiful new homes. 

Do you know ROBINWOOD? Facing east— before you a sil- 
very beach, with the isle-dotted rcachfes of the Sound stretching 
into the disfimoo; behind you, the pleaming turrets of Manhattan 
.showing on the skyline. The Clearview Golf and Yacht Club 
adjoins. Many theatrical folk already have bought and built in 
ROBINWOOD — perhaps, you have friends among them. 

But a step to the. private beach, whosF every prrvllege'^^l^^ 
yours— boating, bathing, fiishing and golf at your doon And just 
aliout as convenient to Broadway as if you lived on the Sub. 

See these shorefront gems and \ye are sure you will come to 
the .sale and buy. 



I'araniouut haa picked up another 
unknown for a break. 

Lucille Powers has been extra- 
ihg for some time. She was yanked 
out of the mob for an important 
rolia In Clara Bow's current ''Three 
Week Ends." 



The Shrine Civic Auditorium, con- 
verted recently into the world's 
largest picture theatre, will cease 
to be such for two weeks froni 
Oct. 3 to 15, when the ajidltorium 
will house the Los Angele.s Grand 
Opera. It will reopen with films 
after the opera season, showing 
first run pictures Instead of the sec- 
ond and third runs as now. 



"Revenge," Dolores Del Rio pic- 
ture, which follows "Battle of the 
Sexes'* at the United Artists thea- 
tre, opening Oct. 3, will have as its 
successors Norma Talmadge's "A 
Woman I)isi)uted," Vilma Banky's 
"The Awakening," Griffith's "The 
Love Song" and Ronald Colman's 
"The Rescue." 



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Indudlnpr both home sites nnd- business waterfront with '' 
riiU riparian rigjit.s In ROBINWOOD atHoofhhurst, L. I. 

Also 4 Homes in Robinwpodj 1 in Beechhurst 

X. w . inili\ lilually deaiRnpd; ultra-mortcrn ; . Roblnwood homes, 6 rooms, 
.HUn poroh, 50-foot lot.s; BoechhuMt housp, 0 rocuus, ](iO .x 100. 

AUCTIO 

3:30 P. M. — On tlic PremlHoH 

Columbus Day, Friday, October 12 

on install- Bv TRAIN* J:?"? 'f'^"''. *° 

^ ^ ^ wjr a AX.*-*.** ^ , Whitestone Landing 

nient con- ( Beechfiursi) , "oi* su^ ^ 

, Robinwood. Free Station Wagon meets 

tract or 7U all trains, meets Sub. on the hour. 

em Boulevard to Bell 
left to Utopia P'kway. 

riiono for |tu4>1<l<4t 

Whitehall 3330 




percent on mortgage. AfTTO* ^^^^^ 

FKEK TITLE POLICinS -rVW/ 1 Ave., 
>f«iid for Itooklet _ t> x T yi 

X, lames Murphy 

2X7 Broadway J iNcoufooATco * 



lUiAI. KSTATK AtrCTlON yr lie I A LIST 



.Tack Curtis in FN's "Scarlet 
Seas," .swung his arm up to drop a 
haymaker on Richard Bartlielmess 
and connected with a lamp. After 
returning from hospital and resum- 
ing fight his wound broke open 
aigain. The second trip to the hos- 
pital wa.s successful. 



Dr. Paul Fejos, Universal director 
rhaking "Broadway," accompanied 
by Hal Mohr, cameraman, flew to 
New York for purpose of. taking at- 
mosphere shots. Carl Laemmle, Jr., 
slated to go with Fejos, may go 
later. 



Opening of Ernest Pascal'.s "The 
Marriage Bed," at the -Mayan has 
been set for Oct. 17. "'Happy Day.s," 
current musical, closes Oct. 6, 



"The Best People," next Henry 
Duffy production for the Hollywood 
Playhouse, will open Oct. 7, suc- 
ceeding Leo Carrillo In "Lombardi, 
Ltd.," which closes Oct. 6. Carrillo 
will go to Portland to open the new 
Dufwin in ""The Bad Man." The 
cast of "The Best People" will In 
elude Marion Lord, Jason Robards, 
Natalie Moorhead, Allan Connor, 
Montague Shaw, Florence Roberts, 
Earl Lee, John MacKenzIe. 



Armida, Gus Edwards' protege, 
brought to the coast by him to work 
in M-G-M talkies, will be given 
three weeks off to appear in the 
United Artists theatre prolog, which 
opens this week with "Rex'enge"' as 
the screen attraction. 



adTnirer, and not to overlook Alice 
Buchancn as the gpld-dlgglng 
dancer. Miss Bucha;nen. is brutally 
coarse, but her work is flawless and 
she won unstinted praise. Looks as 
though Duffy has picked, another 
winner In this revivil. It . ought to 
have a healthy engagement at the 
Alcazar. ' 



P'antages new house in Fresno, 
is set to open Oct. 12 or 19. 



Francis P. Quire, late of Fresno, 
has been appointed exploitation rep- 
resentative for the Warfleld and 
California (West Coast) here. 

T, & D. Junior circuit will not 
reopen the Orpheum, Red Bluff, Cal., 
until about Dec. 1. Straight picture 
rolicy. 



Players' Guild reopened at Com- 
munity Playhouse Sept. 2. Opening 
bill "The Witch," Norwegian folk- 
lore story. Cast includes Herbert 
Bayes, Beatrice Benadaret, Joyce 
Cole, Lloyd Howard, James Colman, 
Jean Jostyn, Lea Calegaris and May 
Nannery. 



Following three weeks of "Simba,", 
picture roadshow, Columbia went 
dark temporarily, pending booking. 

Frank Whitbeck got a great break 
on his last four days In town before 
going to Los Angeles to take over 
the general publicity for West Coast 
Theatres. Ordinarily in the habit 
of paying from six bits to $2 for hia 
sandwich nnd coffee at luncheon 
(due to his lack of skill with the 
cubes), Frank had the novel expe- 
rience of beiiig guest at three fare- 
well feeds, tendered by his local 
friends and paLs. He didn't even 
have to tip. 



Andrew Hervey, for the past three 
years press agent for the Orpheum 
and Broadway Palace here, has re- 
signed to associate himself with his 
father in the printing business, Al- 
les Printing Co., show printers. 



Nena Quartero, recently released 
from a personal contract to James 
Cruze, will make her return to fea- 
ture pictures in "Leathernecks" for 
Pathe. Miss Quartero worked in 
Roach comedies following her first 
dramatic part in "The Red .Mark." 
Others in the cast of Leathcrnepk 
Includes William Boyd, Alan Hale, 
Robert Armstrong, Fred Kohler, 
Paul Weigel and James Aldine. 
Howard HiggIn to direct. 



SAN FRANCISCO 



H. H. Brown will build a $55,000 
picture house on Kentucky street. 
East Bakersfleld. This will be 9th 
theatre In jgreater Bakersficld. 



. During their five-year residence 
on the Paclflc coast Mr. and Mrs. 
Dick Mitchell have become the par- 
ents of three children. The latest 
(second so;i), was born Sept. 17 at 
the Queen of the Angels hospital, 
Los Angeles, a few hours after the 
father had arrived here to handle 
the advance for Heniy Duffy's spe- 
cial road show production of 
"Tommy." Mrs. Mitchell was for- 
merly Agnes Wiener, secretary and 
scenarist for D. W. Griffith in New 
York. 



Marjorie Rambeau has returned to 
San Francisco In a revival of her 
New York comedy, "Ahtonia." Henry 
Duffy has produced it with excep- 
tional results. In the title role of 
this Viennese comedy she capti- 
vated an opening night audience. 

Great credit is due Walter Gil berl 
for his staging and direction, and 
under , whose supervision the Duffy 
.scenic department constructed two 
of the finest "sets" ever seen in a 
Pacific coast production. Care was 
"«!i6i-cu5ed""by ™bUffy"^ln"- aurro n d i ng 
Ml.sa Rambeau with a capable cast. 
To this end Louis D'Arclay was 
brought on here specially from the 
east to play Capt. Marceau, the 
I'^rench olllcer. Also Ben Taggert 
for the husband role. Taggert ap- 
l)cai;ed In chief support to Mi.ss 
Rambeau in. other coast productions 

There are other outstandin.t; mem- 
bers of the cast, among them Dor- 
othy Dane, as the unsophistit-atod | 
nl'x'f; \\v\\<'f\ Payne, a.-^ tlie fi>rnvL'i' 



Felice Greenberg, superintendent 
of Loew's Warfleld building here, 
was given the distinction of being 
first San , Franclscoan to send a 
photogram (actual transmission of 
own handwriting) In a. telegram of 
congratulation sent to Alleen Stan- 
ley in "A Night in Spain," opening 
in Chicago. 

Bell Telephone Co., which spon- 
sored the stunt, photographed 
Miss Greenberg while in the act of 
writing and a few minutes later 
the photo was wired by telephoto 
to Chicago, transmission requiring 
seven and a half minutes. A simi^ 
lar photo taken at the Chicago end 
was telephotoed here at the same 
time. 



MINNEAPOLIS 

By LESTER REES 
Met— "Rose- Marie." 
Shubert— Stock. 

Hennepin— "Dancing Daughters"- 
vaude. 

Pantages — "The Night Bird" and 
vaude. ' 

Palace — -Musical tab, 
Gayety— "GirlH in Blue" (burl ). 
Minnesota — ^^"Rlver Pirate" unit. 
State-^"Sa:die." 
Strand-^"Wings". :(3d Week). 
.'Lyric— "Mating Call," l.st half. 
Grand— "New York" (2d loop 
I'un). 



The Palace-Orpheum, St. Paul, 
doubled its gross of the preceding 
Sunday the opening day of tl;i9 
M-G-M pictures there with "EX". 
cesg Baggage." ; 



Fox, for the first time, and War- 
ner Bros, are getting breaks on 
Minnesota and" State dates. Both 
of these big, leading F. & R.-Pub- 
lix theatres are using a large num- 
ber of the two products. Loss of 
the M-G-M 1928-29 output to the 
Hennepin-Orphcum is one of the 
reasons for this. 



PORTLAND, ME. 

By HAL CRAM 

Empire— "Uncle Tom's Cabin" 
(wired). 

Jefferson — "Free Soul" (stock). 
Keith's— Vaud film. 
• Portland — "Doomsday." 
Maine— "Sweet 16." 



N. E, Operating Corp., controlling 
the Maine and building the State, 
says It Svlll acqulrei the control of 
Jefferson, Strand and I3mpire by 
Nov. 1. 



Edith King is leading lady at the 
Jefferson stock this week In "A Free 
Soul." She was the lead of the com- 
pany about two years ago. Robert 
Paris Is the new juvenile. 




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Harry Rose will m. c. for Harry 
Shea's Sunday cnocerts at the Earl 
Carroll, New York. 



Gene Ford and Earl Thomas, long 
with Ned Wayburn, have stepped 
out on their own and produced a 
Junior League show. 



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BILLS NEXT WEEK 

(Continued from page 43) 



MINNE^VPOLIS 
PantneoB (8) 

Khiiruiiv 

Marcus Sis & C B 
Krugles & Uobles 
Dcllrlo & M Itev 
(One to 1111) 
REOINA, CAN. 

CHipital 
ist half (8-10) 
(Same bill . plays 
JSdrnonlon l-'d halt) 
BIcknell 
Nancy K.air 
Micaroni Co 
Miller & I'eterson 
(One to nil) 
CAI^AItY. CAN. 

PantAffes (8) 
Daveys 

St Clair SiK & O'B 
Prcv.iricalions 
Eddie Koss 
Bert Collins 
SEATTLE, IVASII. 

I'Hnlapos (8) 
Mmo. Str.'iliiL 
Silks & Satins 
Ferris & Ellis 
Flapper Kresliles 
(One to fill) 
SPOKANE. WASH. 

PiintaKi'f) (8) 
Broken Toys 
Art Glllha.m- 
Oreon-Drcw Co 
Telaak & Dean 
Flashes ot Art 
VANCOUVK. H. C. 

PnntiiKeH (8) 
Mltkls 2 
Four Caddies 
Nlblo & SiH'iirer 
Hilller & ]''ortn 
Strains Ix RlrintrH 
TACOMA. WASH. 

PontAKCB (8) 
Hlghtower 3 
Dorethea Summers 
Revue Unusual 
Dixon & Morrell 
Knorr & UcHa' 
PORTLAND, ORE. 

Fantn^eH (8) 
Jack & Sol Frcca 
Aalbu Sis & Carter 
. Do. Torefras 
"Brady .& "Kfahoney 
Jen I)e Riniano'ony 
SAN FRANCISCO 
Puntiurefl (8) 
' Ma/.le Lunette 



Kramer & Pauline 
Harry Cooper Co 
Alton & Wll.son 
Eva Tant;u.ay 
I>OS ANGELES 
PnntaReo (8) 
3 Kay ton Girls 
Gehah &. Garretts'n 
Pease & Nelson 
Paxo 4 

Mao Murray ■ 
SA>' DIl-XJO, CAL. 
I^Antiiges (8) 

Alexander & Olscn 
Hums & West , 
RoKCvs Ucvue 
Nllrs & Man-'jllcld 
Enill Knolt Bro 
L'G BEACH, CAL. 

l^lntrtge8 (8) 
Meyers ^ Sterling 
Hlchard Vlntour 
HlKSon Ilcrhert 
Argentine Cabaret 
]''olcy Kids 
Toi» Kelly 
SALT LAKE C\T\ 

rantnBCH («) 
3 Olymijlans 
Edison & Gregory 
Groy Family 
5 Crooners 
Earl Fou'an Bd 
OGDKN, UTAH 
Pantajjos (8) 
Cornells 
Tom Kelly 
Tolephono Troubles 
Edison & Oregory 
Grey Family 
OMAHA, NEB. 
PiuitaffCH (8) 
Raymond * Geneva 
Dlis & Clarke 
Midget Morel 
Harmony \ 
MoxU'nn Coss 
KANSAS CITY 
Pnatagen <8) 
Ru.ssian Art Circus 
Wally & Zclla 
Tliose 3 Fellers 
Davis McCoy 
Cycle of Dani'O 
MK-MPHIS, TENN, 

PftntogeB (8) 
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Mildred Force 
Kelly * Jackson 
Billy Gilbert . 
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Broadway and 54th Street 

New York Got 

"Ungtbt Ntw York Horns ofHeaJlimtn' 

Rooms with Twin Beds and 
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Parlor, Bedroom and Bath 
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Brown McCJiaw Bd 

2d half (11-13) 
Van Cello & Mary 
Wright Douglas Co 
Rov.W.<«h Clcemen 
■ SAGINAW 
Toniplo 



Ist halt (7-10). 

Harvoy . 
Galla Rini ."'la 
(One to nil) 
2d half (11-13) 

3 Golf<-rs 
(Two to nil) 



Stanley-Fabian 



Reduced Rates 

ROOM AND BATH 
TWO PERSONS 

.00 



15 



WEEK 



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149 West 47th St., New York City 
Bryant 7690 



silver Slipper 

N T G Kev 
"VVilda Barnum 



Leslie Storey 
Frances Mlld*^!) 
Jimmy Carr Or 



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ADRIAN 
Cr«w\vcll . 
?d half (12- U) 
A,l Carney 
(Two to nil) 
ANN ARItOR 

Michigan 
lat half (7-10) 
Eublc BliiKc ('(> 

2d half (11-13) 
Paul Trcnirtlnp Bd 
BATTLE CllBBK 
Uijou 
1st h!^\t (7-10) 
Thank You Doctor 
Ashley i'algc 
Job Nenmeypr Co 
2d half (11-13) 
Kloln Hro.f 
O S U. Miind 
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BAY ( ITY 



Isl half (7-10) 
fol I'Vcd Lindsay 
l'"lorence .Rnynrld 
Paul Tfcmalnf Bd 

2d half (11-13) 
Barvpy 

Galla Rlnl & Sis 
'<)no to All) 
ItENTON HARBOR 
Liberty 

;d half (11-13) 
Flnrenri* Bayfield 
(Two to fill) 



>'LLNT 
Capitol 

Isl half (7-10) 
The Mcyakos 
Bob Hall . 
Roy ^Vo^ Glcemcn 

2d half (11-13) 
That flliarin 4 
Don Cummings 
Brown 'McCiraw Bd 
K.\LAMAZOO 
Slate 
.1st halt (7-10) 
Syncopiillon .Sh'iw 
2d halt (U-13) 
Cody n 
('.hr^n AldrUli 
I^p Gnll K\i» 
LANSING 
Strand 
Ist half (7-10) 
VanceUo &. Mary 
Ji.lcinjartv't 
Lee Gall Ens 

2d half (11-13) 
Syncopalion Show 

onosso 

Cupitol 

2d half (7-10) 
Golden Bird 
Llbby Dancers 
(One to fill) 
PONTIAC 
State 
Iflt halt (7-10) 
TliRt Charm i 



BAYONNE. N. J. I 
Openi H«uiso 

1st half (7-0) 
Bowling & Nolle 
Elks 4 

Cahill & Wells 
(Two to nil) 

2d half (10-13) 
Fiank Hanii'ton 
(Olhois to nil) 
ELIZABETH, N. J. 
lUtz 
let half (7-9) 
Bobby Barry Co 
Mitchell & Dove 
F' Farnum Orch 
(Two to flll) 

2d hfilf (10-13)^ 
IJpr Birthday Unit 
HACKENSAOK 

- Lyric 

l8t half (7-9) 
Artie Pierce 
WlUard 

Dayton Sc Rancy. 
(Two to All) 

2d- half (10-13) 
3 Bennett Girls 
(Others to fill) 
IIOBOKEN, N. J. 
New Kftbian 

Ist half (7-9) 
Hor Birthday XTnit 

2d half (10-13) 
Ada Brown 
Modern Cinderella 
McOrath * Travers 
(Two to nil) 



JERSEY CITY 

Cent ml 

iHt h.nlf (7-3) 
Frank Jlamillon 
Local Follies 
(Throe to nil) 

2d half (10-13) 
East & Bumke 
Local Follies 
(Three to All) 
PASS;UC, N. J. 
' Montank 

1st half (7-9) 
3 Bennett Girls 
Billy Swede Hall 
MItiholl & Burant 

2d half (10-13 ) 
will J Ward 
Chas Maddock 
Burns St Kane 
Frank Farnum Co 
(One to nil) 
PATERSON, N. J. 
RoRent 

1st half (7-9) 
Will J Ward 
Hudson Wonders 
Schwartz & Cllfrord 
Modern. Cinderella 
(One to' fill) 

2d half (10-13 
Mitchell & Dove 
Zeck & Randolph 
Jones & Jones 
McCarthy Sis Orc.'i 
(One to flU) 



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Ralph Dart 
Ernie Adler 
Eddie South Bd 
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Al Handler 
Aftle Collins 
Lee B Evens 
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Sol Wagner Bd 

Udo 
Joe Allen 
Lolila & Angelina 

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Cluh Mailrillon 

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Olive O'Neill 
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Harry Harris 
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V.anity Fair 
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Johnson Sis 
Jane McAllster 
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RUANO APARTMENTS 

SOO Eighth Ave. (49th St.) 

CIIICKBKING S.^.O 
2-3 Rooms. Butli and Kitchenette. 
.A4'ei»inmo«lat« 3-(i Perijons. Complele 
Hotel S^-rvlce. Attriietlvoly Purnlslied. 
I'nder New Mnnujrenient 
RLDUCEU ItENTALN 



lose its hockey romios, while Me- 
r-,hfini«'s Hall will h" out of luck as 
lar a.s flglu.s arc confu.Tned. 



iKHilovc Si(:gal of Boston Herald 
I .••spurting .staff, \vlio iindcrwi-nt a .se- 
j riou.s opf^ration on his oye this sum- 
mer, i.s well toward recovery. 



. Clraco D;iyidnoh. "hy-liner"; pp the 
I3(7st()n Post." is' Faflv m' towri aflef 
the continent. 



!• u ii it" I'l' 1 1 ' 

I Wil(.'ii' ';«•>;. 
I H .4 f;ii l!i.y 



BOSTON 



Colonial had to suffer a dark week 
between booljings at beginning of 
:-<>a.son, and now it looks as if. an- 
other Klaw and Erlanger house, 
Trcmnnt. will have to go through 
t brei- week.s of darkness, since "Ju.st 
a Minute" goes out Oct. C, sooner 
than expected. "Blackbirds" Is next 
in lin(^ for th;it hou.«e, Oct. 29. Foot- 
ball .seiisuu j.s on imd. Boston being 
lOllejie town, get.s' heavy theatre 
jj.'ii rori.'i'..:'- oVf-i' \M;c); i-nd. 



Ni l)i'> Jicvcll I.-- ;ii t',\ui alM'.'.d uf 
"Ani' i riii.i ."' Mf-Kvoy ))i'<<(luei i(in. 
op' Jilt'-,' "" t. Hat Colonial. •■,Ani< )1- 
c.ana' 0T"'r.!-- <old Ij'T'-. Mi.'^s J{';- 
veir.<-- m.'iin bunli t; wJiili in town is 
'•id<-tra''kirit.': ii'r.'-"i)rKii ijiii'.ii-iiy .'i-i'l 
i vvniriK eveiythint' on Uj*. show. 

He.vf ll f'r^t. 



fli'oi-gc VVil.s(jn, beloV'-d coiuedlan 
Yif ilio o)il I-!ost(Mi Mii^''urn (•'jmi)any, 
.•r-l'liiatctj hi.s VOtli Iiii-thday last 
\\i-'-k .'iiid was tendered a dinner by 
f-(j)iie jii'c-s agents and newspaper 
iiK M ;.t Kieh's Urill. Mr. \Vil^:On 
."■till al'ie aroiiiid. for first nights. 



<1 

Air 



Ko'^i oil'.'-- .MiiOiso:) .>-'i|ii;.r'' 'lanlen, 
atop n'v. .Vorth ,sia'i<.'!. will .•-•at 
few jeore Miiidi' d p( i .'-om.'-- ilian 
New Vorl<<- (Jatder. r>oocs a.*-: 
MioDL.;), ii v.ouid lie bi-c Mio< j In fore 
<«(>en)iig. i;o.'.iorj -Ai'-n-: will then 



J Yank Mi-.^h.'ini\ fornveily niana- 
I- of .si>riie of til'* I'liblix hou.scS, 

IS roaiia'-'in.u' th<> WiTour, Shubert 

-1 1 o '■ 1 s - < -' N' ■ . -< ! r i ) 1 I n , ,ni a na ge r j a s t . 

.-(•a -Tiii. has sti"i)i>ed7iCri).'-s tifc strePt 

U) th»- .Miijo.'-tie, similarly. 

. Th" To:.Jia.L',er of th^ n<,'W Keith 
.M'niori.'il tii.'.itre as well cip the pol- 
;ov of (he hoiiM' \^lll )•<• finnonnced 
I.'' ir< nry Tavlor, Xew Kn.urland di- 
\i-;on manager for the .Keith in- 
lercKS. 



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VARIETY 



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Station CECA 

Toronto 
Acclaims 

ROLFE MUSIC 



RADIO'S FAVORITE CONDUCTOR 






EAST 

Via 

Station WEAF 

New York 
Acclaims 

ROLFE MUSIC 




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Trumpet Virtuoso 




GLORIFYING AMERICAN JAZZ 



WITH THE 



Lucky Strike Dance Orchestra 



THIRD CONSECUTIVE SEASON 



PALAIS D'OR RESTAURANT 



NEW YORK CITY 



EDISON RECORDS 



WEST 

Via 

Station KHQ 

Spokane 
Acclaims 

ROLFE MUSIC 



Sincere Appreciation to Mr. M. H. AYLESWORTH 



SOUTH 

Via 

Station WJAX 

" - Jacksonvillte - 
Acclaims 

ROLFE MUSIC 



STAGE 



SCREEN 




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Ehirered *• secoad-clasa matter Decenaber SS. 1906, at the Post Office at New York. N V.. under the act of March I. ItTS. 




VOL. XCn. No. 13 


NEW YORK, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 1928 


64 PAGES 





Elinor Glyn Registers Kick 

On False Hoke of Pictures 



EJlinor Glyn has definitely aban- 
doned moving: picture direction 
and supervision, as she does not 
desire her name attached to pic- 
tures containing: glaring: Inaccur- 
a-cles that destroy the reality of 
the picture and make It laughable. 

In the future Miss Glyn will 
confine herself to writing stories 
jitor the movies and is now engaged 
her first talker, That field the 
' Madame believes will be her great- 
.:o8t forte aa film producers will not 
*e able to change dialog pictui-es. 
■ Referring to inaccuracies, the 
Madame spoke of the incredlible 
Hollywood ladles with her short 
skirts, short sleeves and little cap, 
■popped into every society picture 
rand the laughing stock of Europe. 

"However," said Madame, "I am 
'perfectly amenable to what the pro- 
'diicers want, only I don't wish my 
;name attached. If thoy know what 
. the public wants and can make 
money, let them, I do think if I 
were let alojie I would know what 
I the public wants as I always have 
^ in my writings," 

One thing that public does not 
want, Madame Glyn is assured of, 
is the society picture. Unless the 
heronle is a stenographer or a shop 
girl who marries her boss and be- 
comes a lady over night, or the hero 
Is a hairy bolshevik who marries 
the princess, the public will not 
tolerate society pictures. Madame 
Glyn said that this was Illustrated 
,'to her in two of her own pictures. 
At one time on the coast, her pic- 
ture "Liove's Blindness," a beautiful 
"accurate" picture that she had 
supervised herself, was playing 

(Continued on page 56) 



Fooled on Weeps 



Red-eyed women . daubing at 
th^lr checks with tear- soaked 
handkerchiefs are common 
after performances of "The 
Singing Fool" at the Winter 
Garden. 

One dame, still weeping, 
speaking about Al JoLson, said: 

"Kin you beat It? We're 
crying for him and he's on 
his honeymoon." 



LEEIT PLUyEIIS 

T 





Talent from Broadway Le- 
gitimate Ranks Believed 
Inevitable for Talking Pic- 
tures - — Inroads Have 
Started— Over 250 Stage 
Players to Be Imported to 
Hollywood 



Fox After 4 Broadway 

$2 Hquse?^^ 

Fox is counting upon giving from 
six to eight sound pictures twice 
daily careers on Broadway this 
season. Those features are to be 
released on the '29 and '30 pro- 
gram. Some will start out next 
September. 

To accomplish this the Fox or- 
ganization will- have three, and 
nvaybe four, legit sites under lease 
by Feb. 1. The theatres will pref- 
erably have Broadway frontage, but 
will be on side streets If neces- 
sary. An announcement naming the 
houses secured is to be made In two 
or three weeks. 

Fox gives up the Globe this Sat- 
urday which shuts out "Mother 
Knows Best" and leaves the Gaiety 
as this outfit's sole $2 representa- 
tive along the alley. ' ' 

"The River" is next here, and 
'Our Daily Bread" is penciled to 
°^_®^?.^P,.J°5 th e former picture. 
These" features have 'bcen directed 
Borzage and Murnau, in that 
order, but a change in booking Is 
prohal)lo inasmuch .as both films 
h'lvo the .sumo .'couijIo as load.s, 
Mary Duncan and Charles Fai'vcll. 
I renewed its loase on the 

t Jaiety, through Pathe. for the en- 
. iro year of '20, the renewal going 
1, .no e.lTciU Doc. 2a. 



800 Pool Rooms Reported 
Closed Suddenly in J. C. 



Over 800 race track pool rooms 
are reported to have stopped opera- 
tions in the Jersey City section 
Monday, with an Indefinite stop 
said to have been put on all of 
them. 

No one is named as authority 
for the order, which went through 
the customary undercover chan- 
nels. 

The Jersey City pool betting 
places are phone rooms and carry 
the bulk of the race track betting 
in the metropolitan district. Much 
of it comes also from farther away 
points. Other than the few petty 
larceny street or store handbooks 
in New York, the bettors Monday 
were in a panic through inability to 
lose their money by following the 
dope. 

Each of the Jersey rooms employs 
three people. All were thrown, out 
of work. 

No one knew whether politics is 
behind the J. C. affair or the legis- 
lative investigation, also involving 
picture theatre owners of the state 
and looked upon as political, going 
on oyer, there. 

The J. C. pool room system, the 
most perfect ever devLsed for race 
track betting away from the tracks, 
has been In existence for years. 



NO MORE DUMBBELLS 



Double Clean-Up 

• Vaude at Libby's Music Hall, on 
the lower east side, New York, be 
gan its second season this week with 
to acts. Bill consists of songs, 
dances and comedy In English, Rus- 
sian and Jewish, offered free to 

patrons of Llbby's turkl.sh baths, 
: Subway . adv_erti3ing clai m3^^^^^s 
is the only all nigfit vaude^house In 
the world. 

While the bath hounds are going 
through their ablutions they are 
entertained by .i jazz orchestra un- 
der the direction of M. Kerlchma- 
roff. 

Tlarry Gotti Is booking the acts 
into Llbby's and Sidney Corsover 
is M. C. 



Los Angeles^ Oct.. 9. 
It is stated that the number of 
strictly picture players available 
for principal roles, including stairs 
and featured actors in the local 
film colony, will be reduced, by . 33 
per cent when the tJilker situation 
will have settled down. 

This decrease will be filled in by 
legit players, mainly drawn from 
Broadway. Other necessary talker 
talent from legit branches will like- 
wise be imported to this end. . 

Another matter everyone agrees 
upon is that the pretty face dumb- 
bell is being written off of the 
screen by the newest .wrinkle in 
films. Unless the dumbbell has in- 
telligence, occurring once in 100 
times,, she is utterly useless in 
dialog pictures. 

There are at present about 750 
picture colony players to be num- 
bered among the available hereto- 
fore in silent films. An estimate 
claimed fairly accurate based upon 
his own needs and calculations by a 
leading studio head is that not less 
than 250 role plaj-ers from the. legit 
ranks will come west. Many are 
already here. Each one of these will 
supplant a picture player, • 

It is further asserted by the same 
studio head that despite the reports 
strictly picture actors may be 
trained for dialog films, it is im- 
probable except in special cases, 

Hollywood film production is 50 
per cent below normal for this time 
of the year,, and .every one is run 
nirig around in circles. The sound 
pictures are responsible folr pres- 
ent conditions. It may be two years 
before Hollywood is fully equipped 
Present situation will continue for 
two years unless, as is claimed, 
sound pictures can be turned out 
faster, th«an the silent pictures.. 

Talking on the talker; subject 
one of the best known producer 
directors siid: 

"After all thes years everything 
is swept away In a moment, , It 
meo-ns that we all have to start 
from the beginning again. Past 
reputations count for nothing," 

From several sources It Is re- 
pof icd ^;hs^ 

temporarily halt'^cl pending some 
solution to the new problem con- 
fronting the film business in the 
talkers. Suspension of activities 
has hundreds of actors out of work 
at the present time, 

Produecr.<» are, for the present, 
unable to arrive at any dc^fSnite plan 
(Continued on page 56) 



mOOO Stage Struck Conegians 
ClamoF to Enter Show Business 



Nose Fixing 



To all appearances there 
must.be a number of gals go- 
ing for nose straightening. 
A count along the main stem 
disclosed over a dozen dames 
with their schnozzles. hidden 
behind plaster. 

Several others had plasters 
taped back ..of the ears or un- 
der the chin, indicating pos- 
sible facie -lifting treatments. 



Murphy's Straw Vote 
Cast Out by Gorman 



Senator Frances Murphy, comedy 
monologist, got the official razz 
Sunday at Keith's Broadway, New 
York, when about to start on the 
week's term in the new bill. The 
Senator remained in the perfor- 
mance, straw voteless, after a heat- 
ed controversy with Tom Gorman. 
The latter supervises the bookings 
of the Keith New York hou.ses. 

Murph, who disguises the home- 
liest map In the show business with 
a mick monicker, told Gorman he 
had done the straw vote thing as 
a gag from every stage h© had 
played for the past three months. 
Uut not at the Broadway or in New 
Yorki answered the hardbolled Tom 
who had forgotten to put on the' 
ear muffs after easing over the' .sad 
news. ' 

It appears the controversy origi- 
nally had started in the Keith book- 
ing office over the Murphy tem- 
porary election gag. There a di- 
vision of opinion arose. The Sen- 
ator is reported to have appealed 
to one section In authority and re- 
ceived' its okay.. "When the nrlattcr 
reached John Ford, in charge of 
Keith'.s, he <3i.sapproved on the 
ground the circuit maintains a 
strict neutrality politically even for 
comedy purposes. Gorman followed 
instructions in gagging the gagger. 

Senator Murphy has asked the 
audience In many cities of over 20 
states while doing the stunt as to 
their preference — Smith or Hoover. 
He compiled his reports on each 
city, notating them in a small book 
carried by him. Murph said all of 
his reports recorded the actual re- 
sult, without partiality and with no 
opportunity for either side to plug 
or plant. He is said to have for- 
warded a duplicate of his report 
about two weeks ago to the political 
headquarters of both candidates as 
possible pro-information about 
doubtful states. 

Now Murph is in a doubtful state 
him.selfr--lt'snjnly-Iit)o\^^^^ 
to election and. with the best gag he 
h.TH ever had scr.'immed during his 
New York time, ,'ilso about six 
weeks, lie's ready for the river, • 
In fact if you had asked the Sen- 
ator which he would rather liave 
left in the drfs.sing rmmi. t)i;if I'.ig 
or his rit-^lii eye, he would have 
picked the eye. 



Stage struck collegians have be- 
come so numerous . It is reported . 
over 100,000 applicationa are yearly 
received in the show business from 
university men wanting to mf>.ke 
onnections or asking infornriatlon as 
to the theatre In some form; 

A recent survey by a' • college 
faculty, of the contents of rooms 
and dormitories resulted in the dis-,. 
covery that over 60" per cent, of 
tne undergraduates haye pictures of 
stage and screen stars in their 
rooms. Intense interest in show. 

biislness from the financial as well 
as the stage angle is also reported 
by a showman who has been on 
college facfulties as professor and 
dean and who tours the country two 
or three tinves a year. 

The college show, whether an 
annual or quarterly event, Is now 
said to be considered an equal, and 
by some a more desirable goal, than 
the athletic teams. An estimate is 
that there are over 75,000 university 
men actively connected with under- 
graduate dramatic societies and that 
95 per cent, of approximately 600 
colleges in the country have dra- 
matic societies. 

Deans and heads of colleges have 
been constantly applying for In- 
formation relative to guiding stu- 
dents desiring to enter the picture 
business. This branch of showdom 
hJis lately been In receipt of most 
of the applications. 

Another claim Is that over 6,000 
applications were m.'ide for attend- 
ance at Professor Baker's School of 
Fine Arts at Yale at the beginning 
of the fall semester, but only 40 
pupils were .accepted. Students un- 
der Prof. Baker produce, write and 
■direct their own productions with it 
understood there is no chance for 
enrollment unless the boy has writ- 
ton at least a play, or a sketclx 
which Professor. Baker h;is found 
acceptable. 



Town iBoys Claim Yale 
Youths Work Too Fast 

New Haven, Oct. 9, 
In order to hold their best paying 
customers the operators of the Em- 
bassy iand Cinderella, downtown 
dance halls, have agreed fo bar all 
Yale students unless they are ac- 
companied by girls. 

The town boys have squawked 
that the students, coming as stags, 
are stealing their girls for the eve- 
ning, while they -naid the bill. It's 
boon going on for some time. 



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london as It Looks 

By Hannen Swaffer 



Ijoiulon, Sept. 2S. 

I i\n<1 it vcrv .lillioult . io rtif^.-nss- tho miittor oC Aii;oric-an plays in 
•Knpland. Pooplo lii.o ■ t^lr ' Alfrnl lU.tt. iffnorins -tlif^ fact that I hoia 
DXMU in the liiKhost TO(i;xva as m.-n; accuse mo of 'personal attacks 
vhrnovei- I prot .-SI against iho wholosale American invasion. • 
AN^\-4.ni^;t pnl.lic^mon unaor.tana that 7l^<^" .V"'^^ ^^^^ i^";^^?;?^ 
. lay .thorn open to <Tilicism, newspapers oriticizd anil yet often like tho 
people of vhom thf.y. iirc writing? 

A Bombastic Reply 

. 5?ir Alfred Rut t'R speeeh made to the shareholders '^of. Drury Lane, 
this. week, seems to n-solve itself into a reply to: _ 
—Mischief makers/ tried to create prejudice b.ocausc coloied artists 
-R-erc beinp introduced into the H'^^'-^ti-e,'' he sai^^^ 

on the whole (to quote a phrase of . Max . BeertapnVs) that It m as 
not worth while taking serious notice ot remarks thrown from the 
garret into the gutter, we steadily pursued our course and ^"e^ 
strenuous lahovs '^'how Boat' was successfully launched It seen^^^^ 
incredible but the daily, weekly and monthly receipts Boat 
are bifrser than- any we ever tooK Avith either 'Rose Marie or The. 
Desert Song.' " 

A Challenge to Sir. Alfred 
"Ladies and genttemen,- said >Sir Alfred, "there are still those who 
spend their, time trying to get cheap applause by ^^^^f^^^^J^^^^ 
In producing three successive musical plays emanating from Amoiica. 

FrJm a bus^iness point of view; I would very "^"^V'^H'^nfl^' o'lSin' 
Eriti.^h musical play than a play of American or Continental ougui. ■ 
I ask nothing better , than a really good Rritish scenario. I am con- 
st:mtlv reading. Briti.sh playS and . I wduld gladly grasp any Pl'^^y SV*^" 
mittcii to me .th.1t had a rea.sonable chance, of being a success. I. si all 
certainly not be deterred by mischievous . propaganda from, punsuin^ 
the course which . I think is right." ; ' : ■ - ^ 

Now In reply to all this, I inUst say that not one statement of mine, 
made in print' about American plays in England, has ever been .conr 
tradicted by anybody. I challenge Sir Alfred Butt on this' matter.. 

A Proud Menriber. of ParTiament 

After quoting; with pardonable pride, the records of the takings ot 
Drury Lane, Sir Alfred ended his speech with extraordinary words. 

"Ladies and Gentlemen." he repeated, "that Is a record that no other 
theatre In the world can put forward. It is a record of which I am 
proud, not onlv as a theatrical manager but, as a Member of the House 
of Commons and. one who has at heart the best Interests of the com- 
munity." 

Strange. Imperialism 

Reallv. politics are coming to a'iine mess; when a Conservative Mem- 
ber of 'commons, who is in favor of safeguarding British industries, 
can stand up and bo'ast that he has successfully, imported three 
American plays, in succes.-sion, into the theatre which he still persists 

in calling National. , x, 4. 

Frankly, I have a very good mind to oppose Sir Alfred Butt at the 
next election. If I did so. I should stand merely as an ImP<'^>alist. 
I should be supported on the platform by scores and scores .of British 
actors and actresses, dozens of playwrights, and Heaven knows how, 
many musical composers. 

British Empire Union Pleads ^ 

Whv onlv two davs ago. Reginald Wilson, the secretary of the British 
Empire Union., called on me and appealed for assistance for a scheme 
his. Union was preparing, for the help of British «,'^,"J,,^*^^;"^!f^ 

I told him the scheme was no good. I pointed out its faults. I sug 
gested the sort of .scheme that might help. I told him so-called im 
periahsm often fell down when "Business" came^ln. , _ 

Now, on the one side ^ve have the. British Empire Union^^^nd, on 
the other side, we have Drury Lane "Theatre. Which is right? 

Will Butt Fight Me? , 

If Sir Alfred Butt will resign his se.at and fight me at a bye -election 
1 will oppose him. I make the condition beforehand, however., that 

the only meetings which take place in the .c^'f •V;^"^"'^^,^"^.,^""!^"^" J-^ 
which both of us meet in debate on the platform, so that the con- 
sents can see us and hear us and judge between us as to whose 
Imperialistic policy is right. ,„ *v.o+ ^ 

In saving this. I must insi.st thdt I desire no deep applause that I 
shall not quote Max .Bc.erbohm but Arthur Hammerstein and that I 
hope it will only inclose my pers onal li king for Sir Alfied Butt. 

Mother Janis Does Not Like Me 

Poor Mother Janis i.s another one who is very cross with me. Now, 
all 1 did was to go and say to Elsie, whom I. had never met before. 
"Tell me all about this Morhma stuff." m „ 

I reminded her how lots of people thought she was mother-ridden 
nnd that she might live to rteply to it. She did. ^ 

She was te^y frank ^ a^ how her mother signed her checks and 
did all hi business and argued with the managers, volunteering the 
'tatement'hat her n.other always went out with J^-^-^f^^Jl^^ 
rather have her mother with her than anybody. This was all printed 
fairly, in fact almost without comment. Vo"^r'^' 

Yet. now I hear, Mother Janis is very crass, blsie is not. 

The Elsie Janis Failure 

What can. vou write about? Can you print no truth at all? No! 

The fact i.s of cour.<.e. that Elsie Janis's first night here was a fa 1- 
ure. sfe had the misfokune to be up against Cicely Courtncidge,. who 
is as clever now as Elsie, was at her best. . t,-.,.:^ 
. Nlothe^- Janis'sat. in the box,- ill though she was,_ and applaudexVLls e 
all th^ time, and did not applaud the others. She is a mother, after al . 

It s not my fault that Elsie Janis w:as tired, or that she has pas.scd 
her best iT l had not pas.sed my best. I should not be well known 
now. When you are doing good woVk, nobody ever takes any notice 

''^Beskies the truth is we are tired of all these imitations of Will 
RcSis in England. Oh dear/ how tired we get of the mention of that 
m ,n-s n'"m.' ^^■h<^" ^'^ ^^""'^ cowboys, we think of the Rodeo and 
its insuffcr.-ible cruelty to animal.s. 

I Anger Film Critics 
, ^ oiort li-i trouble with (he film critics. I committed the unpa.r- 
^ ',7 ^ff^>nce of writ ng about the talkers, fhe Warner .P.rothers 
^\:i^n^y^^^^^^o-'y n..wspapc.rman who called on them to 

_ """ii^^^l^^^^^^ ^v^om.y>o<iyJn the ht^oss. I suppose.- One 




Paris Chatter 



'NONEnE' IS HOLLAND'S 
1ST MUSICAL COMEDf 



Pari.s Sept. 27, 
Sacha Gul.try has chosen a youth- 
ful .*jalesman in a dry good:? store 
liere, Pierre Tristan by name, to 
impersonate Charles Lindbergh in 
his forthcoming spectacular show 
at tjho Chatelet. Tristan closely re- 
sembles Lindbergh in features; . 



One of the local scribca dragged 
Aimee Seniple McPherson all around 
Pairis on a sightseeing tour of the 
naughty places. She said that she 
was shocked and that a good revival 
would be about the best thing fpr 
the"sinful city." biit the reporter 
•who went with her said that the 
evangelist could no^ seem to get 
enough of the low diycs. 



Amsterdam, Si'pt. 27. ' - 
Believe It or not, but llolliina \M 
about to see Its first musical comedy 
in "No, ,No, Nanette." It's a twlaf 
in thfe" Dutch theatriciU sltuatlih 
that both English and. Anierici^n 
managements have previously linefe- 
ed lip such a venture. Maybe they're 
right. 

Anyway, a troupe under the direc-. 
tion of Defrain comes into the. 
Grand here late next nionlh to do, 
"Noniette." Hoosci seats 800. 



GEORGIE WOOD 



Affectionately known a:s "Wee 
Georgie." I once thought of bill- 
ing myself aa a half -pint actor, 
but here in England it might, be 
taken to indicate I am a '.'drunk 
act which would be unfair, un^ 
tru6 and misleading, because I 
have a "tea-complex" (whatever 
that is!). 

Address BM/JIM. London, W. 
C. I., Eng.> 



Paris's most elite night place, the 
Blue Room, operating at Biarritz 
during the last part of the summer, 
is open again. This place which 
does not have any draw in the way 
of entertainment other than a band, 
gets the biggest play from inter- 
national spenders in the gay capr 
ital. - 



Whispering .Tack Smith opensj 
early in October in a Hague oper-t 
otta managed by Byleveldt. 

He then comes here to the Tusch'* 
irtski theatre. 



Vaudeville performai-ices at the* 
Carre, Amsterdam, have stojiped be* 
cause of lack of interest. Theatre 
seats 1,800. Inferior bills are th»' 
cause. 



Russia 



Moscow, Sept. 15. 
"All (3od'3 Chilluns Got Wings" 
will be ~ shortly introduced • to the 
Soviet Russians by the Moscow 
Kamerny Theatre. Eugene O'Neill's 
work will be luiQwn here as "The 
Black Ghetto" and is expected to 
be one of the chief attractions of 
the Moscow seaion. New title is 
chosen because of its sensational- 
ism, the Russians usually associ- 
ating the word ghetto with the He- 
brew race. 

O'Neill has been a favorite here 
for several seasons. His "Anna 
ChrisUe," "Desire Under the Elms" 
and "The Hairy Ape" were pro- 
duced in Moscow ajid Leningrad 
with, marked success and are still 
shown in the provinces by rep com- 
panies. "Desire" was screened by 
a Russian-Caucasian studio, but the 
filni was a flop. 

There being no .copyright agree- 
ments in force between Soviet Rus- 
sia and the United States, O'Neill 
gets no Russian royalties; 



Van and Schenck dropped into 
the Ambassadeurs the night before 
the place closed for the season and 
were invited by Ted Lewis to rehr 
der a number. The boys took the 
audience, by storm, singing six songs 
before they were allowed to take 
their seats again. 



Earl Leslie has been out of the 
bill at the. Moulin Rouge for a cou- 
ple of weeks, having a rest on, the 
Riviera. He is, working on the new 
revue which he is to produce dur- 
ing the fall, also to have Mls- 
tlnguett until she starts on -her 
Continental tour in January. . 

Warsaw reports , Padiere\vski has 
signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 
for a talking short at a large figure. 

Marquis do ia Falaise, husband of 
(Continued on page. 68) 



Orlenyeff, Alia Nazimova's former 
husband who accompanied her on 
her first trip to America, is reported 
recovering frorii his recent severe 
I nervous breakdown. 

His return, fo the stage Is, how- 
ever, dotibtful. 

New York's Russian Season 

With the new quota regulations 
continuing to hit Slav immigration 
into this country, the Russian the- 
atrical season in America started 
off half heartedly this year. Russian 
newspapers in New York report a 
further end very noticeable drift 
of the Russian speaking residents 
of the city towards the English 
plays and musical, comedies of 
Broadway. 

First definite rumblings of this 
phenomenon were recorded in 192G, 
two years after the passage of tlie 
Johnson^ Antl-Immigi-ation Bill, but 
by now almost every theatre going 
Slav in New York heads towards 
the big stem when he goes show 
.shopping. Result is that so far this 
.season only onie Russian dramatic 
company has been active. It 
played "Anna' Karenina" once in 
Philadelphia and once in the Bronx. 
Manaigomerit- did -not- exactly Jose 
money, yet it deemed wise to play 
no more. The actors and the stage 
director were sent back to their 
tasks in batik painting studios and 
shops.. 

A few Russian actors while in 
New York began to study Yiddish, 
ne-ver before :known to them, and 
had actually rhasterrd the tongue. 
Thus. Pavel Baratoff Is appearing 
now in Schwartz's Yiddish Art The- 
atre. Boris S. Glagolin. stage di- 
rector of Moscow, though knowing 
not a single word of Yiddish, is also 
with Schwartz. He will direct the 
Yiddish . .-version of "Ottelo'' for 
M.aurico. 



London Chatter 



London, Sept. 28. 

Sights: . 

Freddie Astaire'.s face when his 
I hor.se "Wearing a Crown" came in 
second. 

Beth Challis when she finds a let- 
ter to her marked O. H; M. S. Is 
not for a command performance, 
but a command to pay her Income 
tax. . 



There are certain house managers 
in .England . Fi'ank Van Hoven dis- 
liked the last time he was over here 
One Is still at his job In Liverpool, 
Frank got on to him on long dis- 
tance and the follo-wing conversation 
ensued: 

V. Hi.— "Hullo, is that Mr. Blank? 

Mr. B.— "Yes, who is it?" 

V. H.— "I.am Frank Van Hoven; 
I hear you are sick," 

Mr. B. — "Sick? I have never been 
better in my life!" 

V. H.— "Sorry!" 



Owing to bankruptcy the Florft 
theatre. Will be offered' for sale th© 
end of next month. 



LONDON WALKOUTS SCORE 

London, Oct. 9. 
dreenlee. and Drayton, colored 
performers who walked out of the. 
Palladium recently when the .housa 
management Insisted or. cutting:, 
their 15-minute routine to 10 miiy- 
utes, have just , opened at the Cd- 
liseuih. 

Here they did a total of 16 min- 
utes and scored nicely. ' 



MOULIN DEAL OEF 

Parls,^ Oct. 9. =. 
Negotiations between Dufrenivfl, 
and the owners fpr tenancy of .the 
Moulin Rouge, have come^to an end, 
at least for the time being, with 
nothing accowiplished. 



Pavlowa on Wing 

Paris, Oct; 9. 
Anna Pavlowa arrived in Paris 
froni her engagement in Buenofl 
Ayres late last week. She went oi^. 

to London Immediately, to remaiii 
until her departure for; Egypt Nov« 
13.. 



Robins Back at Savoy. 

London. Oct. i>. . 
A. Robins, the ^valkihg music 
store', opened a six weeks' return 
at the Savoy Hotel last night with 
four weeks at the Kit-Cat restaur 
rant to follow'. 



American performers, in London 
with only six -working days weekly 
find themselves at a loose end on 
Sunday, To overcome this, a crowd 
consisting of Mr. and Mrs. Herb 
Williams, Ann Codec, father, and 
Frank Orth, Claudie Coleman and 
mother, Hyde and .Burrill, Sylvia 
Clark, Bobby Kuhn.s, Edna, Dare. 
Bobby Jarvls, Miss Vernon, Clay 
Smith, Phil and Phlora hired a bus 
for the day and visited many Lon- 
don sights, finishing up at Brighton. 



With the termination of the run 
of dc .Bear's . "Many Happy Re- 
turns" revUe at the; Duke of York's, 
the show Was bound to play three 
weeks in suburban London, hot in 
Herb Williams' contract. The houses 
1 insisted Williams must be . in the 
show. Although he was offered $400 
.more weekly for vaudeville, Iler-b 
preferred to keep the companj 
working for three more weeks. 



JOLSONS SAIL OCT. 16 

London, Oct, 9; 

Mr. and Mi-s. Al Jolsqn, accom- 
p.'inied by Mark Ilellinger. ."tailed for 
New York on the Leviathan Oct. 16. 

Mrs. Poison is going into rehearsal 
immediately in ••V.'lioopee," which 
Zlegfeld is preparing^ 



"Pennant Pair" Sail Nov. 2 

London, Oct. 9. 

Van and S.chenck will not remain 
here for more than the four weeks 
originally contracted for. 

They sail on the Leviathan Nov. 
2 and open a Keith-Albcc, tour at 
the Palace, Cleveland, Nov. 11. 



WILLIAMS' VAUDE RETURN 

London, Oct. 9. 
Herb Williams returned to vaude- 
ville this week, opening at the Pal- 
ladium, where he scored emphat- 
ic.'illy. 

Williams is doing an extra bit 
hy-'-actln g'^as^-accom pan i 9 t--f 0 r-^b ick 

Henderson. 



^•DEADLOCK" DULL 

London, Oct. 9. 
"Deadlock," which opened at the 
Comedy last night, is a dull play, 
and hopeless for America. It has a 
solitary bright spot, the acting of 
Lewis Shaw in a schoolboy role. 



The estate of the late Ellen Terry 
is valued at $110,000. She left $1,000 
to James Carew, her third husband, 
as a token of good will. Some of 
her property is to be .sold at Chris- 
tie's, (auction rooms), including the 
portrait ^f herse lf ^b^^^ O. F . IN'atts, 
lier 'first husband. 

The small cottage in Kent where 
Miss Terry died will probably be 

(Continued on page 58) 



SAILINGS 

Nov. 1 (London to New York)* 
Beth Challis, Mrs. Challis, Kddljj 
Lambert (George Wa.shington). ^ 
Oct, 17. (London to New York) 
Renoff and Renova (Majestic). ./ 
Oct. 16 (London to New York), 
Mr. and Mrs, Al Jolson, Mark Hel* 
linger, Trixie Friganzti, Mr. and 
Mrs. Frank Tours/ Beatrice Lillie,'|^ 
Arch Seiwyn, Morton Downey 
(Leviathan). 

Oct, T3r(L6ndofl : tb' Xe^ 
James B. Fagan (Aciuitania). ^ 

Oct. 13 (New York to. London), 
Jo.sie Heather (Baltic). 

Oct. 13 (New York to Berlin) 
Ludwig Berger (Albert B.'illln). • 
Oct. II (London to Africa) Alma 
i3arnes and sister (Walmer Castle). ■ 

Oct. 10 (Paris to New. York),, 
Maurice Chevalier, Adolph Osso^ 
Maurice Chevalier, Adolph Osso, 
Jacques Foyder (lie dc Franoe). 

Oct. 6 (London to New York) Mr, 
and Mrs. John J. Murdock and their 
daughter. P:>.t Casey. Archie Sei- 
wyn, Mary Jerrold, ihibevt Har- 
ben (Maurdtania). , .- 

Oct. 6 (London to New York) 
Percy I5urton tr-aiu'astria). 

Oct. C (Now York to London): 
James Thatcher (Levlatli.nn). 

Oct. 6 (New York to Paris): Mr. 
and' Mi-s. Charles K. llray iVi:n' 

Oct. 5 (New York to F'aris): Syd- 
uey Shields, Mr. and .Mrs. Charles 
E. Bray (Ponlandi. 



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Wednesday, October 10, 1928 



FOREIGN 



VARIETY 



FILMS LICK SHAKESPEARE 



PARIS SEES 'BROADWAY' 
WITH BOOTLEG EFFECTS 



Tiny Hooch Bottles Given at 
Intermission—Other French 
Openings 



iParis, Oct. 9. 
"livoadway" was. well received in 
its French translation at the Thea- 
tre de la Madeleine last week. Play 
has been splendidly cast by Ca- 
mille Wyn. who appears as pro- 
ducer. 

Feature of tlie premiere was pres- 
entation to audience during inter- 
mission of tiny bottles of whi.sky 
labeled "Bootleg," apropos of the 
night club hooch trafflc in the play. 

Tarride as Verdis> P. Amiot as 
Crandull, Pasquali as Koy Lane 
were splendid. Georges Policy, 
Darbray and Meg Tjemonnler, 
last niimed as "JBilHe" Moore, 
did excellent work, Jeanne Boitel 
replaced Germaine Rctiver at the 
eleventh hour in the part of Pearl; 

The J''rench adaptation of the New 
York night life classic is by 
Charles More, wh ile Elizabeth North 
staged t lie pi'oduction. 

''the Wasp" Liked 

"Ija Gaei>e," three-act connedy by 
Remain Collus, staged at the The- 
atre T-'emina by Andre Gailhard, 
made a good impression. It Is typ- 
ically l''rcnch, telling the stor.v of a 
beautiful married woman who In- 
fiame.s all. men she meets, but re- 
ihains cold herself. In spite of her 
preaching of self-control, she ends 
by elojiingr with a nephew of her 
host. 

Notable in. the--,.,cast ' is Pierre 
Bras.seur in the role of the lady 
killing nephew. Others are Hu- 
puette, Marcelle Praince and 
Blanche Toutain, 

More. Fen^nie Studies 
Originally "L'Acquittee" ("The 
Woman Acquitted"), a new comedy 
by Leopold Marchand, now retitled 
**Slain," is. the first venture of Rene 
Kocher In his tenancy of the Thea- 
tre Antoine. Piece, which is an- 
other psychological study of a 
woman, was fairly well received. 

Story has to do with a married 
woman whgQ kills the lover who de- 
serted her and wins an acquittal 
through her brilliant defense. Her 
husband proceeds for a divorce as 
a matter of course, although he 
himself is involved in an intrigue 
With an actress. 

The lawyer who won her free- 
doni confesses he loves the mur- 
deress and they elope without wait- 
ing for the woman's divorce. 
Woman, however, finds that she 
cannot return the lawyer's 9.ffec- 
tlon, owing to her grief over the 
lover she herself had killed. . Thus 
the elopers separate. In the cast 
are Joan Worms, Marcel- Andre, 
Cremioiix, Armond Morlns, Henry 
Houry. Mme. SImone Deguysc and 
Mady Herry, . . • 



Marathon Doubling 

London, Oct. 9. 
On the cvc of returning, to Amer- 
ica, Morton Downey i&r doing a 
doubling stunt that is not only cre- 
ating a record, but is getting plenty 
of talk. He doubles dally between 
firlghton and London, 55 miles 
apart. He does two shows nightly 
at the Hippodrome, Brighton, and 
then gets into London in time for 
a show at the eafc .de Paris at mid- 
nlght> 

Down<^y sails back next we(»k. 



Latinize Paris Revue 

Paris, Oct. 9. 
The I'ai'is idea of America's 
Brondwiiy is to be translated into 
Italian, makiiig a hipli record for 
international producing. 
"K vetfTlW: iKe^^p e n i ng^ month 
in the Olympia. Milan, of a Latin- 
ized version of a Paris review called 
"Hallo I5roadway." 



Register! 



Registration all of this, week 
(Oct. 8). 

Register a iiy evening be- 
tween ,5:36 and .10— but regis- 
ter! s .. 

Polls open all day Satiirday. 



IVOR IN HIDING 



His Play Produced Under Pseudo^ 
nyni— f'Truth Game" Trivial 



London> Oct. 9. 
"The Truth Game," produced Oct. 
5 at the Globe is a comedy, credited 
to a prop author's name, but in 
reality is the work of Ivor Novello. 
Cast features Lily lOl.'iie and No- 
vello. 

Piece is trivial, witli a plot in- 
suiTlcient to make an evening's en- 
tertainment, but it is splendidly 
acted by a brilliant cast. Forecast 
is that it will enjoy a limited' run, 
in the West Knd and then die. 
Idea. is entirely unsuitod for Amer- 
ica. 



High Price for Rights 

London, Oct. 9. 
Both "The Front Page" and "The 
Royal Family" have, received ad- 
vances for the German right.'r which 
are record.Si In contrast to the. usual 
$3,000 or so, "The Front Page" drew 
down $6,500, and "The Royal Fam- 
ily" got $5,000. 

\Both plays are ' produced by Jed 
Harris and are current in New 
York. 



CONTINENTAL DATES 

Pari.s, Oct. 9. . 

A. Robins and his walking music 
store tour the South of France be- 
ginning in February. 

Nicolska and Dro.sdoff, dancers, 
formerly in the Palace revue, have 
been engaged for America during 
the autumn. 

Glenn Ellyn the dancer is booked 
for P.arls dates in November. 

Carr and Parr, dancing come- 
dians, will be on the Initial bill of 
the new Excelsior, new music hall 
in Milan, opening Christmas. En- 
gagement is for a month. Wood- 
ward's Mule is on the bill. 

Jack Hilton is returning to the 
Empire the middle of December. 

"Whispering Jack" Smith goes 
into the Palace revue for three 
weeks in January. 

Dimazzi, famous tenor, is fea- 
tured at the Apollo beginning Mon- 
day (Oct. 8). In the same show are 
Teddy Brown, Bianco Bach ilia. 

Gracey Field opens at the Apollo 
Oct. isl 



London, Oct. 9, 
Moss, and Frye make their Eng- 
lish debut at Brighton week of 
December 31. The Paladium, Lon- 
don, follows. 

Roth and Shay open at the Apol- 
lo, Paris, next week for a fort- 
night, and Fred Game's "Humming 
Birds" act has been booked for the 
Empire, Paris, sometime in Febru- 
aix" ' ; ' '• " " ' ^ " ■ ■ ■ 

Coward's 1-Man Opera 

London, Oct. 9.. 

Noel Coward has fini.shcd an en- 
tirely, absolutely one-man, solo op- 
erette, having, written book, lyrics 
.and score. He ought to produce it 
and star in it himself to make it 
complete. But he won't. 

C. B. Coohran holds the British 
and American rights of the work 
and will produce it in the spring. 



THIRD "NEWS" JUVENILE 

London, Oct. 9. 
Art Fowler, having replaced Neil 
Collins as the Juvenile lead in "Good 
News" here, was withdrawn from 
the role after 3 0 days. 
He i.s succoi?dod by George Mur- 
phy who formerly did bits In the 
show besides a dance, specially with 
Julie John.S()n, his wife. The ball- 
V* wlir t"€-ii m 'j.o irTecl^ ih is^ m 
playing sonio wcoks iU the iiicliman 
('lul.i, New York. :Nruri>hy is a. Yale 
bo.v. 




PLAYERSNO 





Gest's Imported English 
Company Did $12,000 at 
$3 Top in Montreal LAst 
Week, with Six Different 
Plays — "Mother Knows 
Best/' Fox Dialog Talker^ 
at Capitol to 75c Top, 
$30,000 



WILD OVER TALKERS 



Montreal, Oct. 9. 

William Shakespeare was given a 
terrible whipping here last week by 
moving pictures. , 

At the Princess to a $3 top and 
with . 2,300 seats, the .Avoii Festi- 
val Players, also called Shakespeare 
Memorial Players, imported from 
England with a different play 
nightly, did $12,000. At the same 
time the Capitol, seating 2,700 at 
75c top, playinig Fox's dialog pic- 
tyre, "Mother Knows Best," did 
$30,000, equaling the records of the 
house. That record was made in 
September when the Capitol, the 
first Canadian theatre wired, had 
its premiere sound week to $30,000. 
Previous Capitol grosses with . still 
pictures were around an average of 
$16,000. . 

The Princess held fair houses for 
three of the playa and bad houses 
for the other trio. Th© Capitol had 
a turnaway nightly, holding iip the 
grosses of the other picture houses 
down town. 

Another dent made bf the talker 
was at the Imperial, where Keith's 
two-a-day vaudeville Is playing. 
With a strengthened bill, the Im- 
perial drew $10,000, against the 
$15,000 its straight vaudeville start- 
ed off with for a few weeks a couple 
of months ago. 

The Avon Players canie here, 
Morris Gest direction, billed as 
under the direct patronage of His 
Majesty, The King. The esteem ex- 
tended to the players and the name 
by the local critics was the great- 
est success.. Critics since have been 
loud in their walls over the recep- 
tion via box office of the Shakes- 
pearian group from zxl ample Eng- 
lish population; . 

An alibi for the ICnglish Is the 
Princess' $3 top. 

• And that this town has gone wild 
over talKfrs. 

Jackie's Overseas Dates 

Paris, Oct, f. 

Jackie Coogan's continental tour 
has been laid out. It opens at . the 
Eldorado, Nice, Oct. 19 with these 
other engagements in ordeir: 

Capitol, Marseilles, Nor. 2; Pal- 
ladium, London, Nov. 19; Admlrals- 
palast7- Berllnr DeCi 14i to -remain 
there for two monthfj as feature of 
.a new revue. 



Keys in "Burlesque*' 

London, Oct. 9. 

After a couple of years In pic- 
t-ures with his own producing com- 
pany, Nelson Keys will return to 
the .stage in the British version of 
"Burlesque." 

The sliow Is listed to open In 
Portsmouth Nor. 5 prior to trying 
for a West End run. 

Little has been heard of Keys' 
film efforts. 



ROUGH COMPETITION 

London, Oct. 9. 
Just before Erine Edelsten sailed 
for New York, a burglar broke into 
his London oflFlce and turned It in- 
side out, ransacking his papers In 
search of— whatever a burglar 

"N*obody can point at any rival 
.'lucent with any certainty, but the 
facts are as stated. 




WILL MAHONEY 

The Boston "Advertiser" said, i 
'•Where there's, a Will Mahoney 
there's a way to get the most out 
of every wisecrack. This boy does 
some excellent tap dancing, too. 
And until you've heard Will warble 
"She's My Lily" you haven't heard 
something you simply MUST hear." 
Direction: 

RALPH G. FARNUM 

1560 Broadway 



Aimee's London Flop; 
2d Meeting 'Way Off 



London, Oct. 9. 

Despite the ballyhoo, Almee 
Semple Mcl'hersoh hasn't attracted 
much attention herCi "The publicity, 
attendant upon her arival drew a 
crowd of 10,000 to her first meeting 
in Albert ITall but there was no 
enthusiasm, only curiosity. Second 
meeting in the sanie place drew less 
than 2,000. 

Aimee Intended remaining In Al- 
bert .Hail for a week and to follow 
up that engagement with a six or 
eight weeks' tour of the provinces. 
Neither tlic seat money or the col- 
lections are yielding anything ap- 
proximate to the expenses involved. 

Her London appearances are re- 
garded as an utter failure. 



Dune 



ans in 



Lond 



on 



Honor Chey;alier on Eve 
Of Sailing for America 

Paris, Oct. 9. 

Maurice Chevalier was the guest 
of the American Luncheon Club a 
few days ago. The comedian made 
an address in English expressing his 
pleasure at the pro.spect of visiting 
the States. 

He obliged with a song to the 
delight of the hosts. 

The Paramount staff here also 
entertained the comedian with a 
farewell banquet last night at mid- 
night. Three hundred notables of 
the stage attended. Chevalier read 
cabled mes.sages of welcome from 
Adolph Zukor, Mary Plckfoi'd, 
Norma Talmadge, . Bcbe Daniels, 
Florence Vidor, Charlie Chaplin, 
Emil Janninga and otheris in Holly- 
wood. 

He- is sailing on the He De France 
tomorrow (Wed.).. 



London, Qot. ^. 

Duncan Sisters made their en- 
trance to London last week with 
;'Topsy and Eva" at the Gaiety to 
be enthusiastically received by a 
friendly audience. 

The press comments are generally 
favorable. One line of opinion Is . 
that show is too slow arid pitched 
too much In the same-key. As evi- 
dence of thi.s, it Is pointed out that 
one! of the hits of the performance 
was a John Tiller dancing group 
blacked up for the occasion. 

Limited run pi'edicted, based on 
personal popularity of the Duncan 
girls. 



"Thunder" Proves Dull 

London, Oct. 9. 

"Thunder on the Left," offered 
last week at the Klngsway, proved 
ponderously dull for two acts. It 
Is a,n adaptation of Christopher 
Morley's novel of the same name. 

Production has floriie very beau- 
tiful scenes, but that can scarcely 
carry it. Play's main chance Is in 
the support of the Kingsway follow- 
ing, built up lately by "Marigold," 
which preceded the new piece 
there. 



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Doc's Say So Vain 

Paris, Oct. 9. 

Gypsy Roumaje, American dancer, 
was ordered to pay 45,000 francs 
damages to Dufrenne & Varna, 
arising from a breach of contract 
to ap pear Ifi "the " f oi-hi ef ' I'alSCC 
Revue. The pier former presented a 
doctor's certificate of illness as rea- 
son for her ab.«Jerice, but she did 
not appear at the . trial of the suit 
and judgment was given in default, 

Kffort to have the case reopened 
is likely. 



"NAPOLEON'S" SUCCESSOR 

London, Oct. 9. 
"Napoleon's Josephine" will be 
withdrawn at the end of the month 
from the Fortune theatre, giving 
way to "The Mollusc" In Barry 
O'Brien's revival, starring Joo Coyne 
and Constance Collier. 



PAEIS ON SUN TIME 

I'ari.s, Oct. 9. 
Parm went back to sun time Sun- 
day (Oct. 7), there being no ap- 
preciable effect on the box ofllce 
upon the changing of the cloi'k. 
Weather-=-ifl -changeable-- -wit Iv^^bii.si* 
ncss about normal. 



Matinees at Holborn 

I^ondoni Oct. 9. 

The Holborn Empire goes Into 
policy of two matinees a week be- 
ginning October 15, this being the 
second house of the circuit to make 
the change. 

AH contracts for General Theatre* 
Circuit now call for 1.4 perform- 
ances a week, indicating that the 
system will be general, calling for 
tbie two matinees a week In addi- 
tion to twice nightly. 



PARIS "MARY DUGAN" SET 

Paris, Oct. 9. 
Jane Marnac and Camllle Wyn, 
under the business name of the 
Marwyn company, have leased the 
Apollo commencing In January, and 
will stage "The Trial of Mary 
Dugan" In a new French version 
after the first of the year. 



"The Noose" in London 

London, Oct. 9. 
Marty Sampter has completed ar- 
rangements with Sir Alfred Butt 
for the production here of "Th© 
Noose." 



INDEX 

Foi'eign 2 -.3 -58 

Pictures 4-28 

Picture Reviews 15 

Film House Reviews.... 36 

Vaudcvillo: . ..... , . . 29-35. 

Vaude Reviews 38 

New Acts 37 

Bills . 40-41 

Times Square ...... 42-43 

Editorial ......... .. 44 

Women's Page ........ . 39 

Legltiniate 45-51 

Music 52-55 

Outdoors 56 

Obituary 57 

Correspondence 59-63 

Letter List 63 

Inside— Pictures ........ 25 

Talking Shorts 15 

Literati 10 

.NTc ws of I>aili«.s.. ........ 39 

Legit Reviews 48 

l'\)reign Film , News 6 

Unrlcsque 34 

Sports 52 

Inside— Ij<'git 44 



JOSIE HEATHER IN NEW SHOW 

London, Oct. 'J. 

Josle Heather will come over to 
appear in "Las.sle," a new produc- 
tion to be made by J.. L. .Saeb.s, 

Mi.ss Iloather leaves New York 
0<-.t. 12 un the "li.'tlil,.," 



The Tiller Dancing Schools 

of America, Inc. 

54 WEST 74th ST., NEW YORK 

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VARIETY 



Transparency Bacbirounds 
By Roy Pomeroy's New 
Make 'location' 



Los Angeles, Oct. 9 
In the miikinff of "Four Feathers/' 
Paianiount is cmpioying- a new pro- 
cess of nim photography that may 
. Boiind the death knell of distant and 
. lengthy location trips. 

Two years ago, Koy J. Poineroy, 
chief of Par's special effocta divl 
sion, began the development of the 
process which produces wliat are 
known as transparency backgrounds, 
Th€SO permit of the photographing 
of a background and later superim 
posing the dramatic action in the 
studio'' itself. . 

Some time before the Williams 
process was introduced with the 
same objective, this process invoiv 
ing a blocking out method, which 
owing to the difflculty of manipula 
tion and the chance for slip.*?, was 
never widely successful. ? 

Pomeroy began his experiments 
along entirely different line.s work 
ing on a principle of light infiltra 
tlon in which the color of the nega 
tive played an important part. When 
Pomeroy had i>erfected his process 
he demonstrated that it was pos 
slble to photograph any background 
and then add the player action 
simply by running the film through 
the camera again and having the 
actors perform before a blank back- 
ground on a studio stage. 

Through the light infiltration and 
colored negative principle involved, 
the actors registered on the film 
and their images automatically 
blotted out that portion of the al 
ready photographed background 
over which they passed,, without a 
trace of ghost outlines. 

It was the perfection of this 
process which enabled Paramount 
to launch upon the production of 
"Four Feathers" on a scale which 
had not been previously conceived 
Mcriah C. Cooper and lirne^t 'B. 
Sphoedsack, two adventurous film 
makers, had' already aijpcarcd twice 
from the hinterlands of the world, 
first with "Grass," the portiayal of 
the life of nomadic peoples of the 
near east and the second time with 
"Chang," the Siamese jungle pic- 
ture which proved one of the big 
gest money 'getters on the Para 
mount program last year. 

Months in Africa 
They presented to Jesse L. Lusky 
the idea for an African picture. 
AVhen It was found that the new 
transparency background process 
was available, the Idea wasj ex- 
panded into a plcturlzing of A. E. 
W. Mason's story, "Four Feathers." 
This gave Cooper jind Sehoedj^aek 
the opportunity to make a picture 
of their own particular type, of life 
in another little known part of the 
world and yet add to it tiie dra^ 
matic action of a cast of fi'iiincd 
lilm players. 

Cooper and Rohoedsuck went to 
the jungles 'of West Afrieii, bearing 
with them the transpareiioy bnck- 
ground ctjnipmcnt. They si)ent 
months in the wilds photographing 
material which it is declared would 
have been impossible for a large 
company of players on location, 
■ •" t)dth Hfrom •■the"'stairdiy6int""a^^ 

cumstances and the proliiljitive 
cost. 

.' They returned to Hollywood with 
their background and now are sti- 
perlmposing the players' action in 
the studio with a cast headed by 
Richard . Arlen and Arnold Kent, 
who arc doing their .stuff against 
blank backgrounds. 

Should the transparency ))ack- 
ground syslena be empioyed extent 
Bively, costly location trips will be 
a thing of the past. All that will 
be necessary will be the services of 
a couple of cameramen who can 
be sent to any part of the world 
to photograph backgi'onnds of every 
conceivable nature and come back 
to permit the actors to do all theJr 
stuff in the studio. 




Wednesday, October 10, 1928 



Downtown Talkers Killing 
Cleveland s Neighborhoods; 



Most Ungrateful Star 

Kansa3 City, Oct. f>. 
The most; ungrateful acr 
tress on the screen was the 
title tacked on , a young star 
traveling across the continent 
to takie up an engagement In 
Europe; Her train shopped at 
Emporia, Kans., where 300 
school kids had received ad- 
vance word of her passing 
through the town. They all 
turned out In the rain at the 
station, dressed in their Sun- 
day frocks and cheered for the 
actress. Upon seeing the moh, 
she pulled down the blind, 
locked the drawing room door 
and refused to meet them. 

The Emporia papers later 
voiced the sentiments of the 
town in plain Kansas language 
and in a nice way. dared any 
local theatre to show any of 
her. future pictures. 



JEAN MIDDLETON 

That dainty musical star wishes 
to thank Mr. N. L. Nathanson, Mr. 
H. M, Thomas and all the managers 
of Famous Players-Canadlan Cor- 
poration, Limited, ^ for their many 
kindnesses on her tour of the cir- 
cuit, and anticipates with pleasure 
her return engagement opening at 
Capitol theatre, Vancouver, B. 
I September 24, 1928. 

World's tour now being negotiated 
I by my exclusive agents, Edw. J* 
Fisher, Inc., Seattle. 



Joe Leo Orders Wesco 
Mgrs. to Read Variety 

Milwa-ukee, Oct. 9. 
Joe Leo, general manager of the 
Wesco theatre chain in this stat6, 
has subscribed to Variety for all 
of his house managers. 

Mr. Leo says he wants the man- 
agers to be kept informed on the 
show business. To avoid any ex- 
pense on their art for the papeiv 
he charged subscriptions . to the 
circuit. 



MARKS ON NEW 
B. & K. AHACK 




Lillian Gish Film 



Sold as "Western" 



Los Angeles, Oct. 9. 
. "Wind," starring Lilliiin Glsh, di- 
rected for M-G-M by Victor Sea- 
fltrom. Is being sold as a western 
by the company's distributing or- 
ganization. 

Salesmen it Is said find it hard 
to sell Glsh products to exhibitors. 
In the sale of this picture . they 
make little mention of Miss Gish, 
saying the story Is a .corking good 
western and one of the best of the 
year. 

Ldirs Hansen plays opposite Miss 
Glsh . and Montagu Love has a fea- 
tured role. 



Chaplin Won't Talk 

Los Angeles, Oct. 9 
No matter who sends his voice 
from the screen, Charles Chaplin is 
going to stay silent for the re.st of 
his picture days. 

The comedian declared when ad 
mitting his next picture, "City 
Lights," would have dialog se- 
quence, involving the rest of the 
cast but not himself. 



Television for Office 

From Sound Stages 

Los Angeles, Oct. 9. 
First National .studios are work- 
ing in conjunction with engineers 
for the perfection of a Television 
apparatus that will reflect the ac- 
tivities of .sound stages in the exec- 
utive offices. 

This is anticipated to be of value 
to all studios in the future when 
it will be inconvenient .to break into 
the soimd stages during the making 
of pictures. 



Chicago, > Oct, 9. 
While the major litigation of the 
Marks Bros, against Ba,laban & 
Katz, Publix Theati-es Corp. and 
Paramoant-Famo.us-Lasky, charg- 
ing restraint of, trade is still pend- 
ing trial, an offshoot of the case, 
involving the Ritz Bros., is being 
tried before Master In Chancery 
Sidney S. Pollack of the Superior 
Court; 

Some time aga the Marks Bros, 
were awarded ?3,000 judgment by 
default against the Ritz brothers. 
When they Hied suit charging the 
act with breach of contract. A re- 
ceiver was appointed for the prop- 
erty of the Ritz brothers, but up 
to date he has received nothing. 
The present hearing was for the 
purpose of ascertaining the assets 
of the brothers, but after a two- 
day session the case was continued 
to Oct, 15 with no assets of the 
Ritz brothers In sight. 

In connection with this Marks 
Bros, are also suing Balaban /fc 
Katz for whom the Ritz Bros, are 
now working. In a garnishee action. 
Marks Bros, claim B«&K failed to 
w^ithhold the boys' salary at any 
time during their engagement with 
the latter, circuit. They are fur- 
ther trying to prove that B&K are 
protecting the Ritz brothers. 

Evidence at the hearing brought 
out statements from the brothers 
that they had borrowed $10,000 from' 
Abe Jjastfogel of the William" Morris 
Agency and that $1,000 a week was 
being deducted from their salary to 
pay off Lastfogel. Act is getting 
$1,500 a. week. The boys a.ssert they 
are broke. 



Stunt Flyer Killed on 
,Way for Film Scenes 

' San Francisco, Oct. 9. 

Clement K. Phillips, Hollywood 
stunt flyer, was instantly killed 
when his plane crashed at Castro 
Valley, Just south of Oakland, while 
he was flying from Hollywood to 
the Oakland airport. Phillips was 
to have participated in some flying 
scenes foi- "HelVs Angels," flna' 
.sequences of which are being shot 
across the bay. He was 28. 

While flying at 2,000 feet half an 
hour earlier his engine stalled and 
he was forced down at Mayberry 
field, making a perfect landing. 
After minor repairs he again took 
off and was gilding to a landing 
when his biplane went into a riose 
dive. He was Instantly killed. 



Cleveland, Oct.: 9. 

Local movie neighboi'hood houses, 
are facing the wall, as the result 
of the popularity of talkers at. 
downtown theatres. Of the 126 out- 
lying houses In tovv^n, less than. 20 
per cent are making any money, 
while the others are M'ay in the red 
ink or Just keeping their heads' 
above* water. '■ 

Managers unanimously agree that 
the novelty of the talked- Is drawlnfe 
nearly all of their neIghb6rho6d 
customers downtown, where there 
are four wired houses, and one more 
to open shortly. It seems as if no-, 
body wants to see a silent movie. 

Neighborhood exhibitors also at- 
tribute the slump to tho. bad un- 
employment situation now existent 
here and to the pretentious low-, 
priced bills downtown theatres of- 
fer, with which they cannot com-- 
pete. 

In a vain attempt to drum upf 
trade, the small fllni houses are 
now going in for promOitbn stunts. 
These Include "nights," gifts of 
candy, silverware and chlnaware; 
two for one tickets and coupon dis- 
counts, but most of the gags flop. 

Although the cost of talker equip- 
ment is prohibitive to the majority 
of neighborhood theatres, several of 
the larger ones are going to Install 
wiring in ah effort to miect down- 
town competition. The Uptown, 
3,800-seatcr neighborhood house, 
now being built, will be wired when 
opening in : November. 



Weather Forecast 



Wa.shington, Oft. 9. 

Weather >:<urea.u fiirnisliew Mhe 
following outlook for wcelc . bc^'iii- 
ning tomorrow (10): 

Wednesday fair and cool. In- 
croa.sing cloudiness Thursday with 
showers probable that night. Fri- 
day fair, followed by showers Sat- 
urday or Sunday. 

Much'coojor at end of week or 
#arly part of next week (15). 



Unusual Accidents 

Los Angeles, Oct. 9. 

Within one week three employes 
of the Paranioimt studio stepped 
on nails arid were attended at the 
emergency hospital. Inquiry of the 
doctor in charge reveals . that the 
number of that injury was abnor- 
mal and that a .safety committee 
holds regular meetings at which 
are discussed meahs of reducirig 
pos.sibility of accident in the studio 
or on location. 

One studio employe gives his at- 
tention to continual insperlion of 
the entire plant, making sure that 
dangerous spots are eliminated. 



P. A. Complimented 

By Daily for Tie-Up 

Seattle, Oct. 9. 
Here Is a theatre gag that put a 
metropolitan newspaper into undis- 
puted first position in a state as a 
circulation leader. It speeded up 
sales of photoplay mags, buyers 
picking up all the old publications 
they could find at all the news- 
stands, to an extent never before 
known in this burg. It added to 
the b. 0. kale at the three West 
Coast houses here, Seattle, Fifth 
Avenue and Coll.seum, to such an 
extent that all the head' gruys 
smiled. 

That was what the star identifica- 
tion contest, conducted for four 
weeks and just closed, did for Seat- 
tle, concerns Involved In It. Sam J.. 
Maurice, head of publicity for the 
theatres, did the engineering of the 
big idea and it went over great 
■guns. 

In fact, the editor of the "Post- 
Intelligencer," the morning, paper 
here (Hearst), was so pleased that 
he did the unusual and wrote a let- 
ter to M."iurice. 



Fasbions in Did^^^ 



Los Angeles, Oct, 9. 
Short fa .shion talkers with femi- 
niJie stariB strutting, the gowns and 
then talking about them Is Uni 
versal's latest hunch in sound. 
. Mary Philbin will' make the first 
with display and chat On ' newest 
fa.ll iashions. Release is to be 
weekly. 



Berger Sailing Oct, 13 

l.,os Angeles, Oct. 9. 
Ludwig Pergerj director, sails 
friim Now York. Oct. 13 on the 
Albert l^nllin for CJermany. He will 
direct, one picture in Berlin. 

I'erger returns here in Fi.'liruary 
to resume with Paramount. 

FAIRBANKS IN DIALOG 

Dou^rlas ]i'airhanks will talk in his 
next United Artists Picluro, "'Ph'^ 
Iron Mask." 

Not only will the voice of the 
well-known stage and screen star 
be heai"d but Mr. Fairbanks will 
employ the direct monolopiip or ."^o- 
liloquy, rather than that of dialogue 
with ether ehai-aclers. 



SEEING ^'INTERFERENCE" 

"Wings" is tentatively slated to 
bo pulled from the Criterion, to 
move across the street to the RIalto 
in time to follow "Battle of the 
Sexes," which opens Friday. 

"Wings" Is now in Its 61.st week, 
with "Interference" suppo.sed to be 
next at the Criterion. Paramount 
heads are to shortly look over the 
picture for a thumbs up or else ver- 
dict. 



Sally O'Neiirs Break 

IjOU Angeles, Oct. 9. 
Ah""additi6Tiai 60: da^s has;' been 
added to Sally O'Neill's contra.ct 
with Tiffany- Stahl In. order to 
allow more time for the comple- 
tion of her fourth picture. The ad- 
tlonal two months work at Tiffany- 
Stahl has caused tlie cancellation 
of Miss OlNeiU's . projected Euro- 
pean tour, caused her to lose a 
one picture contract with another 
producing organization and may 
prove indirectly responsible for her 
taking a, whirl at vaudeville. 

The European tour was sche- 
duled to. begin Nov. 15, but is now 
definitely off. 



I Academy Elections'Oct. 27 

IjOS Angeles, Oct. 9. 
Board of Directors of Academy 
of Motion Picture Artfe arid Sci- 
ences wlll meet Oct. 27 for the elec- , 
tlon of ofl^cers. Douglas Fairbanks, 
now president, has announced his 
desire to retire, but there is a defi- 
nite move in favor of his. re-elec- 
tion. The following unopposed 
nominations have been sent to the 
members for balloting Oct. 20; 

Actors' branch, director three 
years, Conrad Nagel. Executive 
tommittee one year — Conrad Nagel, 
Hallam Cooley, Lois Wilson, Rod 
tiaRocque and Jean Heraholt. 

Directors' branch, director three 
years, William DeMlUe. Executive 
committee one year — Sidney Olcott, 
Richard Wallace, J. Stuart Black- 
ton, Donald Crisp and Reginald 
Barker. 

Producers' branch, director three 
years, M. C. Levee. Executive com- 
mittee one year— ^L. B. Mayer, B. P. 
Schulberg, J. L. Warner, Mary 
PIckford and A. L. Rockett. 

Technicians' branch, director 
thr6e years, J. T. Reed. Executive 
committee one year— J. T. Reed, 
Anton Grot, J. M. Nicholaus, 
Charles Rosher and Arthur Edeson, 
Writers' branch, director three 
years, Benjamin Gla2ser. Executive 
committee, one _ year— Waldemar 
Toting, Jack Cunningham, Winifred 
Dunn, Joseph Farnham and Al 
Cohn. 



LLOYD'S FRACTURED ARM 

Los Angeles, Oct. 0. 

Harold Lloyd fell and fractured 
h\s left arm while playing hand- 
ball on the courts at the Metro- 
politan studios where he is m;i)<lng 
a new untitled picture. 

Production continue.** in the 
meanwhile. 



JIMMY ALDINE SET 

Los Angeles, Oct. 9. 

Jimmy Aldinc has been placed un- 
der contract by Pathe. 

Aldine's first picture work was 
a half dozen years ago as cabin boy 
-In .. "Down_.to. Jlie . S^ . 
having" aeen lift'^d out of thc'efc^w 
for the job. 



Theatre Film Service 
Under Ghurch Auspice 

■ St. Albanij, Vt., Oct. 8. 

Sunday evening services, were 
started In the Bellyue theater last 
night. The theater orchestra plays 
hymns while the words are thrown 
I on the screen. A Biblical picture is 
shown and a collection is taken. 

The plan has the approval of the 
combined Protestant churches^ of the 
city. All riioney collected above the 
house overhead goes to the 
churches. 



RITZY P. A. 

.=,-^=..J^s.A.ug.cili;ji.^<iL.,!L. 



Quillan Family Again 

Los Angeles, Oct. 9. 
Alberta Vauglm will play opposite 
Eddie Quill.an In Pathe's "Noisy 
Xelphbor.s." 

Eddie's entire f:inillv <>f 11 will 
be in the ea.st. 



Wilbur M'U-.se, former New Vork 
press agent for Robert Kane and 
Paramount, Is now Out here anili- 
ated in the .same capacity for the 
I Young and Selznick agency. 

Morse is a Princeton graduate 
I and the only press agent In Holly- 
wood regI.<itored in the Now York 
[Blue Book, Who's Who. aiuV Sm-ial 
' Register. 



Wednesday, October 10, 1928 



PICTURE S 



VARIETY 



PHOTOPHONE PRODUCING 



Fox May Hold Up Warner-Stanley 
Deal with 34% of First Natl Stock 




While Vltaphone was moving 
from the eighth floor in the War- 
ner building and the impression 
prevailed on that site that this floor 
would be used as a theatre depart- 
ment and headquarters for the 
Stanley ch|iin, late yesterday after- 
noon (Tuesday) the Warners had 
iaot signed papers okayed by Stan- 
ley for slightly over 54 per cent 
of its, stock and by the First Na- 
tional directorate for 51 per cent, 
of its company. 

William Fox, strongest minority 
atbckholder in First National, has 
In the past few days secured an ad- 
ditional six per cent, to the 28 per 
cent. M'hich beca^ie his through the 
acquisition of the West Coast cir- 
cuit. IE the.«5e buying reports, com- 
ing; from reliable sources, are true, 
then Fox has succeeded .in blocUing. 
any immcdiatfe hope of Warners ac- 
quiring absolute control ot First 
National. • ■ 

While Abe Warner, vice presi- 
dent, w.is reticent, he declared that 
the same statement containing de- 
tails of the deal would . b*! issued 
yesterday . (Tuesday), Late in the 
afternoon H. M. Warner, prey ident, 
who has repeatedly refused to air 
the Warner version, was reported 
.downtown and no st?itement was 
Immediately forthcoming:.. 

Two -Thirds for Full Control 

Without the two-thirds interest' 
In both companies control would 
mean little to Warners. This was 
conceded by First Nationalites who 
have participirted in the ne;;otia- 
tloris. Rocrardless of what they call 
the Fox ' interference" it is believed 
in informed First National quarters 
that Warners will go through with 
the deal and will secure the neces- 
sary additional stock. 

So sure are they that the deal 
will be closed without the Warners 
having, two-thirds that they point 
to the wire sent out. Monday by 
Irving Rossheim to all domestic and 
loreign ofllces of the compSiny. 
Telegram assures that the execu- 
tive personnel will remain "aa is." 



Engineers No Rubbers 



Ix>s Angelas, Oct. 9. 
One of the unusual happen- 
ings in Hollywood was regis- 
tered when a delegation of the 
American Society ot Civil En- 
gineers visited the studios for 
a sightseeing tour. When the 
guide asked them if they 
wanted to see the stars, lead- 
ing ladies, bathing girls in the 
flesh or the actual, making of 
pictures first, he was told by 
the. engineers that they pre- 
ferred inspfebting generators, 
interlocking machinery and 
the lighting systcm.s about the 
studios. 



Raoul Walsh Badly Cut; 
Rabbit Hops Thru Glass 

Los Angeles, Oct. 9. 
; Raeul Walsh is in a ho.«pltai at 
Salt Lake City suffering from se- 
rious cuts about the face and pos- 
sible loss of his right eye. While 
driving an automobile noar Cedar 
City, Utah, the director's headlights 
bUndod a jack rabbit who leaped 
throuijli the windshield. 

As a result of the .unu.sual acci- 
dent Fox has assigned Irving Cum- 
minga to complctfe "In Old Arizona," 



Wampas New Method 
To Pick Baby Stars 



Los AngeleSi Oct. 9. 

If Wampas plans work out, the 
baby star prospects will be looked 
over carefully this year, Tom Eng- 
ler, chairman of the Baby Star com- 
mittee, has propounded the scheme 
of having likely candidates anpear 
a.3 guests at Wampas meeting J, be- 
ginning Oct. 15, so that the pub- 
licity men may. become acquainted. 

For the past five years Engler 
has assumed a self-imposed task of 
keeping tabs on likely Baby Star- 
prospects. It has maintained a list 
of candidates which he brings out 
each year just before Christmas. 
This year he proposes to let the 
girls speak for themselves, or at 
least. shoW. The girls are not to 
be told that they are candidates. 
It Is . just their introduction to tlie 
gang. 

In previous years about half of 
the Wampas memberflliip has ana- 
lyzed the possibilities of candidates 
from stills arid the eulogies Of their 
protagonists. 

To add to the festive features of 
the occ"sIon the meeting place for 
Oct. 15 has been changed from 
the Roosevelt Hotel to the Edge- 
water Beach Club at Santa Monica, 
Calif. 



Buy. of Keith's and FBO 
Indicates Nothing Else— 
RCA Protecting Subsid^- 
iary by Exhibition Prod- 
uct and Theatre Outlet 



KEITH'S SELLS AT 40? 




and Friends Sic-ed Onto 
Coast Studios by Bosses Back East 



Wash. Expects Report on 
Block Booking in 2 Wks, 

Washing;ton, Oct 9. 
Federal Trade Commission ex- 
pects a report front Examiner 
Klein of the Commission's New 
York ollic^ within the next two 
weeks containing Klein's recom- 
■ meridatiori in reference to the pro- 
posed whole.sale move against the 
entire picture . industry oh block 
booking. 

Klein has been in charge of the 
investigation, since the various pro- 
ducing and distributing heads ap- 
peared in Washington for quostion- 
lr>g. ' , 



FARNOL LEAVES GOlDW YN 

Lynn Fnrnol, for the last year 
and a half eastern press representa- 
tive for Samuel Goldwyn, resigned 
yesfrday (Tuesday). 

F.irnol will re-enter the legit field 
hanrllin?: publicity af the outset for 
-GeougA-G .--T-yler-^^and- --f or^Ke ii iveth 
Macciowan's "Young IjOvo." 



Theatre's Straw Vote 



Chicago, Oct. 9. 

United Artists theatre is con- 
ducting a straw vote on the presi- 
dential election, by projecting slides 
of the candidates each show and 
judging on basis o£ applause. Each 
candidate is shown twice. 

On six shows daily Smith has 
been witining an average of five. 



Wide Difference in 

Two-Version Talker 

Los Angeles. Oct. 9. 

Paramount has completed the 
making' .of "Interference" in .two 
versions, one . silent and the other 
in sound* 

Both were treated so different it 
will be hard to traqe any similarity 
in story or theme. 



$7,5fOO for Novarro 

Los Angeles, Oct. 9. 
M-G-M is renewing its contract 
with Ramon Novarro for another 
year. 

Novarro. now getting $C,00p a 
week, will i-eccive ?.7,500 imder the 
new afrangemi-nts, 



EOACH'S AUTO TRIP 

Lo's Angvlfs, Oct. 9, 
ILil ]':..! loach is on his way- here 

by aiitiMnobile, 

lie will stop off at the varidus 

key rities • en route to visit the 

M-f. -M f.v.'liangos which distribute 

his product. 



ITNEMAN-BURR SUIT UP 

Los Angeles, Oct. 9, 
Bernie P. Flneman is en route 
to New York to attend to some legal 
matters in a suit brought against 
him a number of years ago by C. C. 
Burr. 

Accounting of profits of a pic- 
ture will come to trial. Fineman 
will b* gone Uiree weclca. 



Before expected big bu9«neAs or 
the electrics have fulfilled the pre- 
diction by going, into the show 
busineess. Picture producing and 
theatre operation must be foreseen 
in the purchase by the Radio Cor- 
poration, of America for its sub: 
sidiary talker and producer and 
wire equipper RCA Phbtophbne, of 
the stock control ^ of Keith's the- 
atre, chain, and FBO, the picture 
producer. 

It is said that Joseph P. Kennedy, 
acting for Keith's anjl also FBO, 
agreed upon the purchase price by 
RCA and the : interested banking 
group at 40 per common share. 
That gives Keith's a paper valua- 
tion of $80,000,000 plus Its pre- 
ferred stock and bonds. It is re- 
ported that FBO goes in at a valu- 
ation of around $8,000,000. RCA 
has been a holder of one-twelfth of 
the FBO capital stock for some 
time, 

Blair and Company and Lehman 
Brothers have been the prime mbv^ 
ers in the banking group for the 
RCA-Keith deal. Both of these 
banking houses have been con- 
cerned in the Keith and its affiliated 
companies. Lehnrians handled the 
Kelth-Orpheum merger, and were 
also in on the Kennedy-Murdock 
buy of the Keith control by Ken- 
nedy. Blair and Company's interest 
dates back to the days and before 
of the Producers Distributing Cor- 
poration, later merged with Pathe, 
with Keith's currently holding, 50 
per cent ot Pathe. 

Pathe has not been mentioned In 
the announcements so far sent out 
on the RCA. deal. It may even- 
tually go in on the FBO end or 
Kennedy may be holding out Pathe 
for another film producing merger 
in mind. 

Saranoff's Ideas 

David Saranoff, president of RCA, 
is rumored the central figure In 
the latest and biggest deal that 
has hit the show business, in its 
possibilities, In all of its record. Be- 
hind r6a is the American Tele- 
phone and Telegraph Company, 
America's biggest commercial or- 
ganization. Interlocked with A. T. 
& T., as is also the RCA, are the 
Western and General Electric Com- 
panies, and almost every big cor- 
por-ation with electricity as its base. 
That necessarily takes, in. the larg- 
est banking houses In the U. S. 

Saranoff Is said to have con- 
cluded that since Photophone had 
decided to issue educational and 
commercial talking pictures, .shorts 
and full lengths, it could not well 
overlook the theatre supply in the 
same commodity and a theatre out- 
let for the supply. Photophone is 
reported to have made up some ed- 
ucational talking pictures and well 
pleased at the results. 

Photophone, like Electrical Re- 
search, W. E. subsidiary for talk- 
ers, sees a huge future in the world 
outside of the theatrical circle, but 
appear to figure the show business 
as a requisite part of their opera- 
tions in the talking picture sphere, 
Mr. Saranoff is reported to have 
decided viiRws upon this ^i^spect and 
the Koith-Fl}0 deal appears to bear 
out the conjectures. 

Reports of a Keith sale have been 
bruitcd-^around^for^iilmoSt-a-^inonlhT 
The rumors credited either War- 
ners or Fox as the buyer. Variety 
previously hinted at RCA as a pur- 
chaser and last week reported that 
if a favorable offer were rriadc for 
Kelth*.s, a sale probably would be 
oftected with RCA favored. 

Upon the return of Kennedy 
from abro.'id two Weeks ago, he ac 
tively.went Into conferences with 



$100,000 Check by Air 

Los Angeles, Oct. 9. 

New Y^oik and Los Angeles 
wei-e brought closer together 
last week when C. B. DeMille 
found it necessary to transfer 
$100,000. from a. Now Y'ork 
bujik to this city, and quick. 
Transfer was made in exactly. 
IG minutes by telegraph and 
teleplioto; 

DeMllle, through arv arrange- 
: ment between the two banks, 
wrote out a check for the. 
amount here which was im- 
mediately photoed to New 
York. The Manhattan bank 
made the payment on the 
check by the same process to 
liie local institution. 



tiuv Uankors, with the FBO added to 
the negotiations. 

No Information 
Nothing is known as to the 
RCA idea of operation for Keith's. 
It is accepts that it wants FBO 
for its picture organization and 
plant to make its talker product. 
That product for pictures theatre 
exhibition will be sounded and dia- 
log pictures ■ and talking, shorts. 
Neither is it reported whether Ken- 
nedy or J. J. Murdock will retire 
frorii Keith's upon completion of the 
sale, or if RCA Intends installing 
its own operatives for the Keith 
Circuit or select them from the 
present Keith staff. 

The association of Lehman Bros, 
in the matter would suggest that if 
RCA does not reorganize Keith's 
with its own staff the bankers In- 
volved will be inclined toward -.the 
former El. F. Albec group that ran 
Keith's before the Kennedy-Mur- 
dock. buy. Since that time and with 
Kennedy-Murdock In Keith control 
in the Keith ofTlce two factions have 
developed, that, of the former 
Keith reign and the current oper- 
ators. 

The Beginning 

In the show business the belief 
will spread that the movement of 
RCA into the show business, even If 
to ostensibly protect Itself from the 
earlier start on talkers, including 
theatre wiring by Western Electric, 
means but one thing, since all are 
intertwined with A. T. & T., that 
there must be a community of in- 
terest that either will add to the 
theatrical and picture producing 
hcfldings of both electric companies, 
or cause those electrics to divide 
tho field with one wiring and the 
other producing. 

Meanwhile the compa;nies holding 
licenses from W, B. are protected 
and tho Warners besides hold a 
valuable contract with W. E., giv 
ing the , Wa.rners a. _p^^^^^^ 
come for a long while . aside from 
that which may. be secured from 
the Warner producing and distrib- 
uting busines.s. 

Linked with the many reports are 
those connecting Victor Talking 
and Columbia Records with either 
One or tlie other of the ei<;ctrics and 
the opinion the present RCA pur- 
chase may be but the boglnnihg of 
a, goal the dbwntownr-rs have de- 
cided upon. 

Kennedy*6 Speed 
Kennedy took ovQr FBO about 
two years ago when it was in the 
red for over a million and losing 
money weekly. He Is said to own 
75 per cent, of that producer, with 
the other 25 held between RCA and 
a. few small stockholders. It is four 
months since Kennedy as.'^umrid tlie 
direction of Keith's for him.'^flf, 
Murdofk and the bankor.s. ,Kfith'!< 
was then quoted -at near 10, with 
'it5^i;000,000="sharfj=of-" xrommonr giv- 
In.g it a value of h-ss than .$;3:.',')00,- 
000. Its underwriting price on hook 
value was $21 a share. 

In those four month.'^, without 
appreciable iiicrr-ase in ihe hook 
value and not mu(;h . «i-('at"r net 
earning capacity, wiMi this sc.'json 
too young to det'-rniirn' th^ i i.'-o)!'.- 
possible 'V'fii-niiii,'.'^, K"iltrs \i- .«ftii l>< 
1 40 by the demand lor ontrul pur- 



IjOS Angeles, Oct. 9. 
Film executives on the coast are 
finding themselves in a tough spot 
trying to accommodate all the re- 
quests for jobs coming from the 
home office and other influential 
channels. Some of, the boys In the . 
homp office do not go to the bother 
of infornii.ng the executive at the 
studio end that they are sending a 
friend or relative to the coast until 
they arrive with a portfolio of In- 
structions. Nothing left to do , but 
find a spot and write out a check 
for the first week's salary, as In 
most cases their salary starts when 
they leave New York; 

Most of these job seekers want 
to become actors, writers and di- 
rectors. Without previous experi- 
ence, they are reluctant to start at 
the bottom because of their Influ- 
ence back east. The coast execs 
can only give them a hard job to 
start with, knowing their short-;,, 
comings will have to be made up 
by the assistance of more proficient 
studio help. 

Some, knowing they can never 
make the grade, persist' in hanging 
around the studio doing . nothing 
and drawing their weekly, check. 
I*, lasts a certain time. Whiit be- 
comes of them .after , that is of ho 
concern to the studio. 



Warfield's M-G-M Talker 



David Warfield is set for one 
talker, to be made by M-G-M, the 
actor's favorite picture producer..' 
Latter is merely through Mr. War- 
field being one of Loew's, Inc., 
largest stockholders, which helpa 
liim to rank as among the world's 
wealthiest shop people. 

No selection has been made so 
far for the dialog picture. If the 
first attempt is okayed by pro- 
ducers, actors, press and public 
with the b. o. incidental,. Warfield 
niay do another, also for his fa- 
vorite. 



3-Version Script 



9. 

Na- 



Los Angeles, Oct. 

Tom Ceraghty of the First 
tional writing staff la working on 
what is said to be the flrat three- 
way scenario of the picture biz. 

It is for Colleen Moore's next, 
based on an original called "The 
Richest Girl In the World." Cer- 
aghty Is writing .a script designed 
especially for a silent version, anr- 
other for a version with .sound ef- 
fects but no dialog and still another 
with dialog. 



Double Pre-Listen 



ChlcagbV Oct. 
of Balaban 
films for that 
theatres, Is 



9. ' 
and 
clr- 
pre- 



Max Balaban 
Katz, in buying 
cult of Chicago 
listening on all 
least tv/Ice. 

Purpose is to check on modula- 
tion with an eye to acoustical re- 
quirements of the various houses. 



sound pictures at 



Berlin's 'Skew Boat' Score. 

Los Angeles, Oct. 9. 



Universal has 
lin to write a 
"Show Boat." 



signed Irving Ber- 
special score for ; 



chase. Warnt.-rs and Fox were also 
angling for it. 

This transfer of Keith's is more 
important in general interest to the 
vaudovillo people, with the prospect 
of J'hotophone preferring Keith's all 
j sound, that bringing up the qucs- 
>_(. i <„ 1^-0 f^v;i u d 0 v ill e =an d-^-s ta gc-.^acts, 
\ in.«tf;iil of the prospective sound 
i pictutcs and talking .shorts, 
j Ariiiouiicf'mont of the R. C. A.- 
: K< i(h-F. B. O, merge;- is worrying 
; tiiusM'ians thr'jughout the coimtry. 
i At, confiTonces In the union's 
. .N'l w York headquarters the past 
iwn v,c. •!<.«.:. li f-al officials att«>ndlng 
v.. ,!• iti -d iicied to counsel patience 
, ;i riinii'..', ii»fiab<.M's, 



6 



VARIETY 



FOREIGN FILM NEWS 



Wednesday, October 10, 1928 



British Filin Field 

By Frank Tilley 

_ 4- — ■■ — ■ 



London, Sept. 28 

Three new theatre deals are on 
as well as two more circuits in lor 
itnation. Carrcraa, who at one 
time had the Blue Halls circuit, 
iis operating with E. K Lyons, for- 
mer owner of the Biocolor Circuit 
and seller of the Astoria to . the 
Dcnman Company, are puttiiiff in a 
circuit of 40 houses, building some 
arid buying others. 

A. 10. Abrahams is buying sites 
.and getting options, with, the object, 
of building 100 P.ogal theatres. lie 
, has already three in the building 
stage, and will possibly float a pub- 
lic cornpany for the potential: 100 
later on. . x 

And then John Maxwell is at It 
too. His British International Com 
: pany is issuing a further $1,250,000 
of stock in shares of a par value 
of $1.25 to be issued at $2.50. These 
are underwritten and are for the 
■ purpose of buying New Savoy the- 
atres, building a super at Brighton 
on the site of Brill's Baths on Eaist 
street to seat 2,500, to acquire the 
C D. circuit and other houses In 
the riortli' and Scotland. 

British International's total cap 

Ital is now $5,000,000. 



FRENCH MATTER 
MUST GO TO 
SHOWDOWN 

New Administration Will 
Take Up Matter of Bar 
on U. S. Films 



Evans' Pulls a Bon« 
Af tor W. H. Evans, head of Pro 
vincial Cinematograph Theatres, 
stopped British Instructional from 
holding pre-views at the Piccadilly 
theatre, he declared he would do 
all he could to prevent anyone using 
the house for films. 

Wai-nei" Brothers, in putting 
Vitaphone in there,; seem to have 
tried to placate him by fixing some 
of their ordinary pre-views at the 
P. C. T. West End theatre, the New 
, Gallery. But that didn't stop Evans 
from trying to throw Warners into 
a jam on the Piccadilly. 

- . One of the P. C. T. houses, the 
Scala, Maida "Vale, had a booking 
on the silent vei^ion of "Jazz 
Singer," arid appears to have been 
the only theatre on the circuit 
which had booked the film. Curious 
in view of what happened. 

Maida Vale Scala had a contract 
allowing pre-release at specifically 
named theatres in the West End, of 
which the Piccadilly was hot one. 
P. C. T. was very anxious. It ap- 
pears, to get "Jazz Singer" 405 pre- 
release at the New Galleiry, the only 
West End house so far wired. Bu|t 
couldn't make a deal with War 
ners. 

So the day before the Piccadilly 
la due to openi and with Evans 

- out of town so no one could reach 
him, the Scala applied In the Vaca- 
tion Court for an injunction to re- 
strain Warners from pre-releasing 
"Jazz Singer" in any form at the 
Piccadilly or any theatre not named 
In the contract. 

Bui Hizzoner said "No." 



About Folks 

, e. R. Seelye is back from Berliri 
and other places. > 

Lupu Pick Is to direct a further 
Napoleon film in Germany tor the 
Ostermeyer company, script by Abel 
Gance, who made the last Na,polcon 
film which M-G-M is handling. 

The company producing "Young 
Wcodley" in film version, and call- 
ing itself Regal Productions, In- 
cludes A. B. Abrahams, Charles 
Gulliver,. John Maxwell, Sam Ber- 
rpy. D. A. Abrahams and Clifford 
Gulliver. Elstree studios are there- 
fore likely to be used. Thomas 
B(<ntlev directing. 

A bfinkruptcy is t"hat of Niranjari 
Pol, brought about by the Indian 
film 'Xlght of Asia." Pal has failed 
for some $7,500. 



British Instructional Co.'s studio, 
buildfncr since March, 13 complete 
and will get to work Oct. 1. Mean- 
while Anthoriy Asquith Is shooting 
next week on the lot, where a Bond 
street set has been built. Asquith 
is finishing "Princess Prlscllla's 
Fortnight," which, like many other 
British films, is being made co-oper 
atlvely with Germany. . 

Philip Madeux, at one time with 
Fairbanks, is production ma,nager 
Th6 5?tudlo looks like a bit of Holly- 
wood trarisplanted into Hertford- 
shire. Star dressing rooms have 
private baths and there are a num- 
ber of bathrooms for principals and 
extras, innovation here. Accommo- 
dation for 250 extras, with dressing 
rooms and costume hatches like 
those shown In "The Last Com 
(Continued on page 57) 



CONTINUOUS POLICY TRY 

Other. Houses 



Paris, Oct. 9. 

Paramount here has gone continu 
oujs, abandoning its twice daily 
policy. It now operates from 1:30 
p. m; until midnight. 

This is an innovation hero and 
as such Is being closely watched by 
many other theatres. If successful, 
it will revolutionize the exhibition 
system here. 



Washington, Oct: 9. 
Those administering the affairs 
of our government will not permit 
the French film situation as now 
exlstant to become the subject of 
negotiations in connectipn with 
debt settlements or any. other dip- 
lomatic twisting^ trading, or . tying 
onto, that the French may be hop- 
ing to accomplish. 

It Is now reaching . the surface 
here, say those informed of the 
administration's activitieis, that the 
entire French film situation created 
to bar Aniorican produced pictures 
wa;s. a set up— not to help the de 
funct producers, as the cry has 
beeri, ■ but .to gradually build up 
something that could be used as' a 
whip against Americia. when it came 
to negotiating . debt settlements, 
etc. 

This was done, it is . asserted, 
after much thought on the part of 
the French,. to pick one Import com 
modity that would have a popular 
appeal for publicity purposes in the 
United States, plus a^- substantially 
strong financial tle-ln with the 
larger banking Interests. In. the 
motion pictures they thought they 
found just that 

No American officials see the 
present revived interest and discus 
sion of even tighter filni restric- 
tion proposals^ for the new . sea 
son as the* forerunner of a final 
hoped for cashing in on a delib- 
erately planned campaign. The real 
devopments are to open with the 
arrival shortly of the French Am- 
bassador, Claudel. 

Washington Is convinced that 
the returning ambassador has filled 
his brief cases with, many proposals 
hinging, to a greater or lesser de- 
gree, on the discriminatory barrier 
set up against American films 

All of which may avail the 
Frenchman nothing, 

Everything the present admin- 
istration, and particularly the De- 
partment of. Commerce, has done 
in the past clearly Indicates Uncle 
Sam's attitude when it comes to 
meeting discriminatory trade bar- 
riers set up abroad 

It has always been the policy of 
the American Government to treat 
such barriers with firm resistance 
when the time is ripe. The govern 
ment does not, nor, In fact, can 
not object to legitimate barriers 
such as tariffs, etc. 

Unfortunate 
One American official character 
ized the situation that has been ere 
ated as an untimely a nd u nfor- 
tunate one for France particularly 
during this time of delicate nego 
tiatlons. That, it Is. "untimely and 
unfortune" for France is given 
credence in. President Coolidge's 
emphatic "no" in reply to Poincare's 
"war debts are bound to repara 
tions, and. the United States is in 
duty bound to finance both." 

However, the gathering together 
of the rtiany opinions eixpressed dis- 
closes that nothing in the way of 
settlement, or retaliation: will be 
made by this government until 
after March 4. 

Thus it will be left to the next 
I administration to inform France 
that nothing further "of the kind 
will be tolerated. 

Maybe, said one Washington ob 
server, if we said: for each French 
gown sold in the United States you 
must buy one American— and wear 
it— the squawk would be heard 

around the .w.^orld! 

Further said another well known 
official, after noting Variety's story 
of last week wherein the Will Uays 
representative abroad was stren 
uously denying printed reports that 
the American Industry was rc.«3lgnod 
to Its fate, stated that the Amcri 
can might well object as the re 
corded attitude of the government 
clearly discloses no such "resigned" 
evidence anywhere. 
Anyhow the all important sltua 



Foreigners and Talkers 



That foreign showmen are 
almost entirely Ignorant of the 
nature of talking pictures and 
equipment is revealed by com- 
ment made by them In com- 
munications with the home of 
fices In New York of the big 
film companies. 

A common request cdirilng 
from foreign distributors and 
exhibitors is to "send us three 
or four naachlnes;" The for 
. elgners seemingly regard Vltar 
phcne, Movietone arid Photo- 
phone as simply elaborate, pi-or . 
jection machines. 

Because of the ignorance of 
their foreign connections -on 
talking pictures , the big corn 
panics within the; last few 
.weelts have prepared detailed 
form, letters giving the com 
plete lowdown on the present 
trade conditions arid develop 
ment of talkers on this side.. 



iForeign Troubles for Am. Films 
Climaxing in '29-'30, Says D. S. Commr 

. — i 

Casey Talks Pact 
{with Bromhead on 
Film and Talkers 



Of fer Hearing to U. S. 
Trade Before League 

Paris, Oct. 9 
Considerable importance is at- 
tached here to the invitation ex 
tended last. Thursday (Oct. 4) , to 
American film people now abroad 
to join in the., conferences of the 
International Cinema Federation 
which has been meeting a;t Brussels 
for the past week. 

According to those Interested, this 
invitation gives to the Americans 
their first opportunity to express 
their views on business iii Europe 
and also affords them the oppor 
tunity to present their cause against 
quota.s iand other restrictions on the 
interchange of film. 

Representatives of the major film 
iriterests were present at the Brus- 
sels conference and their efforts 
were ceritered on tax reductions. 
I>resent taxes range as high as 40 
per cent, of the gross in some coun- 
tries and it was pointed out that 
the tax Is so great that many 
would-be patrons cannot afford to 
pay the present price, but that a box 
office reduction would ensue if the 
taxes were lowered and that the 
increase in total revenues . would 
mean a.ygreater return to the va 
rlous governments. 

The next meeting of this body, 
to which exhibitors only are eligible 
or membership, Is sheduled for next 
spring. The Chambre de, Syndlcale, 
Paris, will furnish Information as 
requested. 



London, Oct. 9. 
Pat Casey spent the last two days 
there before sailing for home in con- 
ferences with Brpmheads. It now 
hooks as though they have made 
progress toward an ■ International 
I .alliance. 

This would take the form of an 
I exchange of material, including acts 
for use on General Theatres corpo- 
ration as well as, and of a working 
understanding on film, particularl> 
talkers. 



Hays Expects Report 

On French Condition 

That the International Chamber 
of Commerce has abandoned all 
immediate efforts to reduce the 
severity of- France's film quota law 
Is seen in a cablegram to the Hays 
office announcing that the meeting 
which was to have taken this situ 
ation under adviserncnt Nov. 14 has 
been Indefinitely postponed. .\t the 
same time it is heard at the office 
of the Motion . Picture Producers 
and Distributors that Will Hays 
is not considering another trip to 
France. 

Little relief during the year froni 
the drastic conditions imposed by 
this law is "foreseen in the Hays 
office because of the fact that it 
does not expire until next October. 
The only hope, according to one 
spokesman for Hays, is the French 
temperament which might become 
philanthropic "any day and repeal 
the law." 

Will Hays is waiting for a low 
down on the situation from his 
Paris representative, Harold Smith, 
who is scheduled to arrive here to- 
day (Wednesday). This report, It 
Is understood, will have a bearing 
oh whether Hays will deem the 
situation sufficiently serious to 
make a return date with the 
Frenchmen in their home town 



Lya Mara Story 



Boag Would Keep Gilda 
Out of British Picture 

London, Oct. 9, 
Gil Boag has issued a writ against 
Gilda Gray (Mrs. Boag) and British 
International to restrain the dancer 
from appearing in the film, "Picca 
dilly," now In production here. 

Boag contends Miss Gray is 
breaking her contract with him. 



World Fight on Tax 

Paris, Oct. 9. 
The International Association of 
-the theatre -Interests holding a 
meeting in Brussels adopted a reso- 
lution calling upon Its affiliations to 
use every means to obtain relief 
from high entertainment taxes; 
which, it was declared, are crippling 
enterprise In many countries. 

It is proposed to campaign for. 
reform by spreading propaganda. 
Next year's meeting, will" be held in 
London if the British federation 
oKets confirmation. 



Washington, Oct. 9. 
During tho '29-'30 film soa.son, 
preparations for which should oc- 
cur in March, will be the most 
troublesonie In the history of tlio 
American film trade in Europe. 

Several facts underlie this con- 
tention," says George Canty, trade 
commissioner, Paris, iri a special re- 
port to the Departmerit of Com- 
merce. 

"In the first place," continues Mr. 
Canty, "film. Kurope is quite well 
sold on the idea that whereas fron- 
tier film restrictions "must cea.se on 
June 30, 1930, internal film restric- 
tions can proceed with a reckless 
abandon. 

"Of the six European countries 
now including film restrictions, 
three— ^.Germany, Austria' and Hunr 
gary — will very likely change their 
form of film restrictions between 
now and the date set for the new 
treaty. 

"Great Britain, of the other three 
countries, Is now working under 
the first year of a 10-year act which 
Is aimed to rehabilitate film affairs 
there. The remaining two countries 
— France and Italy — while having 
so-called internal filrii resti-Ictions, 
will more than likely make several 
changes. In these before another" 
year will expire." 

In addition to ail of this. Canty 
points out, .Czechoslovakia and 
Spain seriously threaten to impose 
Internal restrictions during this 
fall. 

Leading proxlucing countries are 
rapidly negotiating for joilnt. pro- 
duction of features,, this making it 
possible, through assured distribu- 
tion, to put more money into pro- 
duction, and, possibly, adds Canty, 
to turn out better comparative nria- 
terial. 

In the aggregate this exchange of 
product Is another serious develop- 
ment which . the American official 
sent to Europe to fo;ster tr/ide in 
the American filmsi sees as still an- 
other method to lessen the foreign 
playing time open to American pic- 
ture productions. 

I Loew Buying Out Butt 
And Joel in New House 

London, Oct. 9. 
Loew Is negotiating to buy out 
I the interests of Sir Alfred Butt and 
Solly Joel In the New Empire thea- 
tre, due to bpfen the end of thia 
month. The deal gives Loew com- 
plete control of the house, and will 
probably be closed shortly. 

Theatre Is to have Western Elec- 
I trie Installation for the premiere, 
I with no feature named as yet to 
head the first prograrii. Screen 
leader will be a film already re- 
I leased In the States. 

A dispute, concerning the policy 
I of the house brought up the mat- 
ter. 



London, Oct. 9. 
One more German star American 
I bound. 

This time It Is Lya Mara, who has 
been recently working for the First 
National Defu Company In Berlin 
She is said to be employed by Para 
[mount and reported her first vehicle 
will be written by Lajos Biro, the 

1 well known Hungarian dramatist, , ^ 1 . r\ 

now In America. He has recently Urge Quality VS. V£uantlty 

[written "The Last Command" and 
"The Way of AH Flesh" for Emil 
1 Jannlngs. 

Miss Mara's vehicle wlil be in 
I sound. 



King and Qneeii Preferred 

London, Oct. 9. 

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer is trying 
to arrange for the King; and Queen 
to be present for the opening of 
the New Empire and has offered 
to premiere with British Instruc 
tional's Indian picture, "Shiraz," if 
that firm can swing the attendance 
of royalty. 

It is thought B. I. can swing this 
"either -by-"itMlf =6r-T;m^ghMts^n^ 
flue.nce with the Federation of Brit- 
ish Industries. 

The foreign negative of this pic- 
ture was destroyed In the Ufa . fire 
at Babelsberg, Germany. It was 
insured for $50,000. 



World Film Congress 

The Belgian ClnematograptT 'as- 
sociation is arranging for a word 
picture congress to take place In 
Antwerp In 1930, the date coinciding 
with the celebration of Belgian an- 
niversary of Independence. 



BUSSIA'S HIGH PEESSUEE 

. Paris, Oct. 9 
A new Russian sales system is 
I about to be instituted. The .Rus- 
sians. It seems, are going in for the 
big bear's share of the world's trade 
and Intend to corral some of It 
through the medium of high prcs 
sure. 

The fast working boys will be 
stationed all over the globe, 



Paris, Oct, 9. 
Report here is that German film 
experts are trying to persuade their 
producers to cut down the quantity 
of output anA concentrate on the 
quality. Reason for this is that 80 
new films have been shown here 
during the first two months of the 
new season, and that only aTJOut 
one-fifth anywhere have been nefir 
successful. 



Warner's London Dates 

London, Oct. 9. 
"The Terror": will run four weeks 
at the Piccadilly theatre, giving 
way then to . "My Man" starring 
Fanny Brice, according to formal 
I announcement made here. 

The .Brice opus will run for a 
like four, weeks when "Noah's Ark" 
will come in for the remainder of 
the Warner teriancy. 



tlon 1.1 getting near the point of 
settlement after the aforementioned 
and all vital date of March 4 next. 



lACHMAN'S DEAMAS 

Paris, Oct. 9 
M. Lachman Is to make two more 
fljins for British International. He 
fias"^uccKssfuITy "cbw 
cdy starring Monty Banks. 

His next two pieces will be drama, 
exteriors to be taken in Franco, 



PAEIS FILM BILLS 

Paris, Oct. 9. 
Current picture attractions in 
Paris are; 

Emil Jannlngs' "The Last Com- 
mand," at the I'aramount. 
-^"-Latest- fpom-Paris'i-at--th c.-G aui= 
I mont. 



IT. A. BUYS QUOTA FILMS 

London, Oct, 9. 
. United Artist.s has .taken two 
Brlti.'iih films, "S. O. S." and "The 
Passing of Mr. Quinn," fpr Austra- 
lia. 



"FILMING HAEDY 

London, Oct. 9. 
British International has mado 
I arrangements to nuikc a film ver- 
sion of Thomiis.TIardy'.s novfl, "Un- 
1 dcr tho Groonwood Tree." 

Harry Lachman i.s to be tlu- i)ro- 
duccr. 



Wednesday^ October 10, 1928 



PICTURE GROSSES 



VARIETY 



Par Repeats to $84,100; Roxy, $93,200; 
Toor $43,000; "Devas'VGood Start 



Business hold up briskly last 
week with the Scries . apparently 
not hclDinff or huvtinf? the Broad- 
way flickoriums. Actually only 
two. outstanding totals on the 
street with the Paramount having 
usurped tlie place of the Roxy in 
running up consistently high 
gros.se.s. . . , 

The Publix giant has now stayed 
over $80,000 for three consecutive 
weeks. That's a lot of business in 
any -3,666 aeater. A; new b. o. 
scale is probably helping but "The 
Fleet's In" did It last week. The 
second iniposing sum checked in at 
the' Winter Garden where Jolsoh's 
"Singing Fool" practically did 
$43,000 again. 

High tide is no more at the Roxy 
which has taken a decided drop 
following that two months and a 
half to well, over $1,000,000. "Win 
That Girl" about ran even with the 
preceding "Plastered in Paris," both 
under $95,000. "Excess Baggage" 
grabbed off $61,700 on its holdover 
at the Capitol, while "Lion and the 
Mouse," also lingering, did $30,000 
at the Strand. Both are sharp, drops 
from fii'st weeks. . 

"Patriot" and "Two Lovers" have 
turned into the stretch, each leav- 
ing the RialtO and RIvoli this 
Thursday to permit Columbus Day 
openings. Jannings ticked" off a 
somi-flnal. of $25,100, only a $300 
slide, and the Colman-Banky bit 
pocketed $26,600, down $5,9.00. "Q 
Ships" wound up Its third week at 
the Cameo to $6,300. 

Plus It.s $5 opening Wednesday 
night and three shows dally on the 
Week-end "Four DevIKs" I'olled up 
$10,300 in three days, smart pace, 
but ".Mother Knows Best" wasn't so 
hot at the Globe, $7,100. Latter de- 
parts this Saturday so "Cheers" to 
open on stage. 

"White Shadows" continues . to 
hang up glpwlng figures, with $18,- 
500 as another sample. "Lilac 
Time" inveigled $13,600 and "Wings" 
keeps stopping at $11,850. "Sub- 
marine" has settled into a normal 
and lightly profitable gait of over 
$7,000 and Warners fate the "Ter- 
ror", at: $19,300. 

Sound And Ben Bornle brought 
the Colony back to life and on the 
first week of Its reopening "Lone- 
some" gathered $17,300. . 

Estimates for Last Week 

Aster— "White Shadows," sound 
(M-G-Co.smo) (1,129; $l-$2) (11th 
week). Weekly substantial enough 
to dispell thoughts of what will fol- 
low. $18,500. ■ 

Cameo— "Q Ships" (New Era) 
(649; 50-75) (4th week). Holding 
again with $6,300; just fair, figures 
past two weeks. 

Capitol — "Excess Baggage" (M-Q) 
(4,620; 35-50-75-$l-$1.50). $61,700 
on holdover and $131,350 in two 
weeks; okay but not particularly 
big; new weekend fecord of around 
$40,000 claimed for; "Our Dancing 
Daughters" opening Saturday with 
hold out Monday m.'itinoo; has 
' added midnight shows. 
■ Central — "Lilac Time," sound 
(FN) (922; $l-$2) (10th week). 
Goes along smoothly. $13,600. 

Colony— "Lonesome," sound. (U) 
(1,980; 35-50-60-75-99) (2d week). 
House reopened with sound pro- 
gram and iBen Bernie on stage; 
$17,300, not at all bad; "Melody of 
Love" (U) next; want current film 
to .stay four weeks; 

Criterion— "Wings" (Par) (836; 
$l-$2) (6l3t week). Veteran has 
plenty of pep left, but will probably 
go to Rialto next month; last week 
$11,850. 

Embassy — "Submarine" (Col) 
(596; $l-$2) (7th week). Making 
nice run of it; really better than 
-lioped for and some profit in. $7,300. 

Gaiety— "Four Devils," Movietone 
(Fox) (8.08; $l-$2) . (2d, w6ek). 
Came In at $5 Wednesday night; 
adopted extra show Idea on week- 
ends and holidays; first three days 
$10,300, all right; Fox has renewed 
le^se on house through P.athe for 
entire '29 "The . River" (Fox) next 
on~11st here. 

Globe ^"Mother Knows Best," 
Movietone (Fox) (1,416; $l-$2) (4th 
week). Closes this Saturday, house 
resuming with musical comedy; not 
good with $7,100. 

Paramount — "The Fleet's In" 
(Par) (3,060; 40-65-75-85-$l). House 
clicking heavily of late; last three 
weeks over $80,000;- Clara drew 
$84,100. big money; with Paul Ash 
out bookers have strengthened 
screen. 

Rialto ^ "The Pntriot," sound 
(Par) (1.960; 35-50-75-85-$!) (Hth 
week). Excellent health;- only $300 
differenee in past fortnight; last 
week $25,100; cut Thin-sday for 
Friday opening- of "P,;ittle of Sexes" 
( IJ A) .w.ith.l'.W.ings" ,( T^ lr) Jikely .to 



"LILAC TIME" IS BIG 
IN DENVER, $22^0 

^'Terror," $9,000— Colorado 
Can't Get Going; At Just 
Over $2,000 



""Toil 



ow. 



Rivoli— "Two Lovers,'! sound (UA) 
^2.200; 35-50-75-85-$!) (3d week). 
Plunged $5,900 in 2d week to $26,- 
600. r.ilr; dep.arts Thursday for 
"Wedding -March" Frldav, which 
arrives in 10 reels, first half of the 
cut version, for. $2. showing; second 
half ran nine reel.''; "Women Dis- 
puted" (I'A) named to trnil. 

.Roxy -'-Win That Girl." Movie^ 
torn- (f.'oN) (n.205; •:)0-T:^-$) -JI.HO). 



. Denver, Oct. 9. 
Drawing Population, 400,000) 
■ Weather: Fjair and. Warm 
Three houses enjoyed- a brisk 
play last week-^the Denver, where 
"Lilac Time" with .sound set a 
strong pace; the Aladdin, holding 
"The Terror" for a second weeii, 
and the State, showing "King of 
Kings" at pop. pricds. . Some ot the 
smaller houses got more than their 
usual share, too. 

Estimates for Last Week 
Aladdin (Inde) (1,500; 35-50-75) 
"The Terror": and Vila (W. B.). 
Finished second week liigh; some- 
where around $9,000; critics said it 
was only fair, but had everybody 
talking. 

America (Inde) (1,500; 20-35-50) 
"Lights of N. Y.'Vand Vita (W, B.). 
Second run brought more good 
trade for Harry Huffman, the boy 
who jumped to Warner's before 
they started moving; $5,300. 

Colorado (Inde) (2,450; 15-25) 
"River Wonian" (Gotham). Same 
in immediately following bank- 
ruptcy of firm running the house; 
failed to arouse any curioiisity 
despite, page one stories oh house 
going broke; . betweien $2,000 and 
$2,300; very much in red and prices 
slashed from four bits. 
. Denham (dramatic stock) (1,732; 
50-75-$l-$1.50). For the first week 
since the start of the visiting-star 
system house failed to show a 
profit; Fritzl Scheff the name; 
Fritzi . In "Our Betters" didn't 
strike the general fancy and the 
star left instead of continuing an- 
other two weeks; may iiave gotten 
$6i500, about the overhead; Miss 
Brady still in town and has' filled 
the vacancy in "All. Alone Susie" 
for one week before returning to 
New York, 

Denver (Publix) (2,450; 30-60) 
"Lilac Time" and (FN) sound. First 
real sound opus to hit here and 
customers lined up; Colleen rated a 
rave and takings in the vicinity of 
$22,000. 

Empress— Opened Saturday with 
Bert Levey vaude and "The' Court 
MartLal (Col). 

Orpheum (vaude) (!,600| 15-50-75). 
Lou Tellegen as lieadliner got 
heavy femme interest; Rod La 
Uocriue above average on screen in 
"iyove Over Night" (Pathe) ; maybe 
$7,000. 

Rialto (Publix) (1,050; 20-30-40) 
"Our Dancing Daughters" (NtC). 
Bettor than recent features; getting 
;Lt le.-ist $4,600; a favorite with the 
young custotners. 

State (Pathe) (1,120; 50) "King 
of King.s" (Pathe). Plafbd to hold- 
outs every night; close to $10,000; 
first money made here in months; 
"King" entered second week .strong. 

Victory (Publix) (1,140; 20-30) 
"Beau Broadway" (M-G). Closed 
last half to $875; $1,100 for 
"Cameraman", first half. 



SCHULBEEG EAST 

. Los Angeles, Oct. 9. 

B. P. Schulbergi production head 
of the Paramount studio, leaves 
Oct. 12 for New York on his an- 
nual vacation. : u^^..^ 

Schulberg will remain in the east 
for fo'ur. weeks. He will visit the 
studio at Long Island to watch de- 
velopments of sound and talkers 
and also shop for new stories and 
plays to be made into pictures dur- 
ing 1929-30 season. 

As both Schulberg and B.- 'V. 
Fiheman will be absent from the 
studio at the same time, J. J.. Gain, 
business manager, will be in chargfe. 

NOVARRO'S 6 MONTHS 

Los Angeles, Oct. 9. 
Ram(m Novarro's new three year 
contract with M-G-M provides that 
he work only six months each year 
and on three pictures annually. 



CHANEY'S $21,100 RECORD 

Pushes State, N. C, to $21,100— 
"Fazil" Not So Hot, $17,400^ 
Orpheum, $8,750 

New Orleans, Oct. 9, 
(Drawing Population, 475,000)' 
Loew's State ran ahead of every 
house in town last week with 
"While the City Sleeps." Picture 
took away the record established by 
"The Terror" by topping $21,000. 
.Some of It can be accounted for by 
the corking exploitation given both 
the picture and Johnny Marvin, re- 
cording artist, headlining for the 
week, 

. The Saenger was again In the 
doldrurhs with "Fazil." Film did 
not click as anticipated and barely 
passed $17,000. "Wings," in its 
first week at the Tulane at $1.50 
top, did ni.cely at night but matinees 
were . light. Went close to $9,000. 
Tenderloin," in its first week at 
the Tudor, played to capacity at all 
night, shows, going above $7,000. 
It is being retained. 

Orpheum dropped materially with 
Fleetwing," which drew the light- 
est week in several months. . 
Estimates for Last W.eek 
Loew's State (3,218; CO) "While 
the City Sleep.s" (M-G). Greatest 
business in history of house; $21.- 
100. .. , • . 

Saenger (3,568; 65) "Fazil" (Fox). 
Something of a fizzle; only $17,400. 
Tulane (1,464; $1.50) "Wlng.s" 
Par). Broadway Vspeclal nicely 
handled during local erigagcment; 
okay at $8^,500, 

. Orpheum (2,400; 50) "Fleetwing." 
Picture showed, little strength com- 
paratively and sent house to its 
lowest gross in some time; final 
figures, $8,750. 

Tudor (800; 50) "Tenderloin" and 
Vita (W. B.).— Standout in the little 
Canal Street house, and. is being re^ 
tained for a run; first week, $7,200. 

'DOCKS? $23,000, BALTO; 
BOW UGHT AT $18,500 

Clara Having Her Md. Troubles 
—"Beggars," $3,000 at Va- 
lencia— ."Patriot," $3,900 



About equaled previous week and 
showed no power, at $93,200; 
"Mother Maehree" (Fox) about 

$J.4'M^_JL*'--lL''-A' t'— not near 
loii. ' ' ~ " 

Strand — "Lion and Mou.sc' and 
Vita (Wli) (2,900; 35-50-65-75). 
Second week fell $8,400 to $30,000. 

Warners — "The Terror," Vita 
(WB) (1,360; $l-$2) (9th week). 
Claims $19,300, high at this stage 
of run. 

Winter Garden— "Singing Fool," 
Vita (WB) (1,403; $l-$2-$3) (4th 
week). ..Tust short of $43,000 again: 
pr"t(y (-)osp to all hons-e can holfl. 



'Daughters' at State, !. A., to 
Beat Next in Town by 




BOSTON'S TWO TOPS; 
' SILENT AND SOUND 



. Boston, Oct. 9. 
(Drawing Pop., 850,000) 
Weather: Fair 

Between Clara Bow piling them 
n a.t the big Met with "The Fleet's 
In," and "Our liancing Daughters," 
the first sounder at the State, run- 
ning everybody at that house ragged 
to find places to put customers, a 
week of record-breaking business at 
two of the biggest houses happened. 

While these two big houses \yero 
gathering, other houses wei-e trav- 
eling along at a pretty pace, with 
the entire lineup hero about the best 
of the season. 

Estimates for Last Week 
Metropolitan (4,000; 60-75), Big 
with "Fleet's In" (Par); $47,000. 

State (4,000; 40-65). One of big- 
gest money-making, weeks in his- 
tory of house with "Our IDancIng 
Daughters," sound. (M-G-M). Kec- 
ord breaking for day and night 
shoWfl. . 

Keith-Albee (vaudfilm). End of 
daylight saving helped out. 

Olympiia and Fenway, "Wings" 
(Par). With sound effects and 
Vltaphone features, both these 
houses, with popular prices, cleaned 
up. Business was strong enough to 
warrant same program being held 
over for second week. 

Scollay,"Lilac Time" (FN), sound. 
Vaudeville also. Addition kept busi- 
ness .Well up at the top. 

Modern aiul Beacon, "Uncle Tom's 
Cabin," sound, in at both houses for 
several, weeks, closed strong. . Went 
big with school children during en- 
tire stay, with special arrangements 
made for extra performances for 
them. ' 

Orpheum, (3,500; 25-50), "Two 
Tjovers'- (UA). Vaude also; $20,000. 



Baltimore, Oct. 9. 
(Drawing Population 800,000) 
Weather: Fair ^ 

Protests of downtown picture 
owners over tax reassessments has 
resulted in bfg cuts from the figures 
first given out by the commis- 
sioners, lioew interests get a big 
slice on the Century .which has 
been reduced in valuation for tax 
purposes from $1,039,780 t'p $978,700, 
only $8,005 over last year's assess- 
ment. The Schanbergers succeeded 
in having $75,000 sliced off of their 
assessment which now stands at 
$369,750, $31,555 over 1927. White- 
hursts protested the $100,000 on the 
^ew and got it reduced to $75,000, 
exactly last yeai''a figure. Ford's 
joined the film fold Monday with 
"Submarine" at a $1.50 top on a 
two .daily schedule. Looks as If 
there will be plenty of this doubl- 
ing on the part of the legit houses 
this season. Ted Claire, m. c. at the 
Century, played his 38th consecu- 
tive -week at the house, a record 
both for house and town. 

Last week was generally down In 
spite of favorable weather. Out- 
standing was the Century with 
"Docks of New York." "Fleet's In," 
at the Stanley, managed to naqual 
previous week's fair average. "Beg- 
gars of Life" was only fair at the 
Valencia; "The Patriq^" was good 
but not big at the uptown Park- 
way. At the Metropolitan " The 
Terror" finished Its run with' a 
third week that didn't keep pace 
wUh the, other. . two. _ The c ombos, 
Tlippojrbme and~New Garden, were 
only fair. 

Estimates for Last Week 
Century . (Loew) "Docks of New 
York" (Par) wired (3,200; 25-60). 
Critics praLsed and Bancroft clicked 
with fans; matinees, due to type of 
film, slightly under but nights .big; 
.about $23,000, very good; 

Stanley (Loew-Stanley, Crandall) 
"Fleet's In" .(Pat) (3,600; 25-60) 
Hardly up to expectations although 
not bad; recent Bow films have 
taken some of the edge off Clara's 
draw here; $18,500. 

Valencia (Loew-U. A.) "Beggars 
of Life" (Par) wired (1,500; 25-50) 
Still off; picture liked but of lim- 
ited appeal; TuUy tale not a flapper 
f'.'tfher for daytime trade; about 
$3,000. 

Parkway (Ix)ew-U. A.) "The Pa- 
triot" (Par) wired (1,000; 15-35) 
Consistent with .showing at Stanley 
two weeks earlier; strictly a Class 
dr.aw picture; about $3,900. 

New Garden (Schanbergor.s) 
K o n e= -Bu t-- t-h (T=^<ra-ve-'--an d--K -O 
vjuide f3,200; 25-50). Picture liked 
(;i(,'ii Hunter, stage headliner, failed 
to score heavily in spite of locail 
popularity; about $11,500. 

New (Whitehursts)— "Fazil" and 
Movietone .>£Fox) (1,800; 25-50) 
Opened rather alow, due to keen 
competition; huilt rapidly after 
first half, getting a $3,000 Saturday 
and a $12,000 weok; another wiek 



Talker Novelty Wearing 
Off in Topeka House 

Topeka, Oct. 9. 
(Draw. Pap., 80,000) 
Weather, Fair 

With the novelty wearing oft the 
talkies, business at Topoka's first 
wired hous^ has shown a decline 
for past two weeks. "Wings" next 
week is expected to bring them 
back. 

Stink bombs, attributed to union 
stage hands, operators and musi- 
cians who ^re now out because of 
the open shop policy at all the first 
run houses but one, failed to cut 
into the business because they 
were pborly timed and went off 
after the last show at night. 
Estimates foV Last Week 
Grand (1,400; 50) (National). 
"Women They Talk About." 1st 
half, failed to hit hard, but "Warm- 
ing Up" scored. Week off by $660 
Total, $3,200. 

Jayhawk (1,500; 40) (Jayhawk) 
"Just Married," with fashion show, 
1st half, failed to click; "Steamboat 
Bill," without fashion show, did 
enough to send gross, to $2,800; a 
couple of centuries near normal. 

Novelty (1,100; 40) (Crawford) 
Acts 1st half and ballyhoocd act 
for kids last half. Got $2,200. 

Orpheum (1,200; 25) (National); 
Wheel of Chance" (FN), 1st half; 
Gibson's "Trail," last half, clicked. 
Normal $800. 

Cozy (400; 50) (LaWrence). "King 
of Kings," local picture theatre 
bow~after previously here 
show, got good buslne.s3, but not 
good enough to hold over as ex- 
pected. Management doubled price 
and played to about regular num- 
ber of patron.si $1,800, 



CHANEY, $23,500, ST. LOUIS 

$34,000 for "Docks" at Ambassador 
—Colleen Moore, $25,400. 



St. Louis, Oct. 9. 
(Draw. Pop., 1,000,000) 
Weather,. Wat'm and Fair 

With the famed Veiled Prophet 
parade and ball and the interest 
over the World Series, thcatregoing 
got a big impctu.s last week. 
Estimates for Last Week 

Ambassador, (Skouras) (3,000; 35 
CO-65-75). "Docks of New York 
rpar). Picture okay, and I^fjwry' 
"Ilarem-Scarem" stage show 

<-liek(-(l^t(r^tol:U=O^W4;00(l^=- 

Loew's State (3,300; 25-35-65) 
"While the City Sleeps (M-G). Lon 
Chaney in oxcell''rit picture; general 
v<'nlle.t. T!iz go<Hl, too, .at $2'), ;!')() 

Missouri (Skouras) (.3,><00; ;!5-5 
65-75) "Oh, Kay" <V N}. Did .all 
right in ni-l\.'\u:: $'.i.').-l(io. . 

Grand-Central f Skoui-.-i.-^) n.700 
.'0-75) "The TiM-n.i-" .md Vli 
fW B). Fourth and I.ii'! w-U big 
at $16,;J00. 



. Loa Angeles, Got. 9. - 
( D ra w i n g Pop u lat i o n, 1 ,460^000) 

■ Weather: Warm ■> 
Loew's State copped last week. 
Other houac-j just got a ^sniff. 

Loew's led its nearest competitor, 
the Met, by nearly $15,000, doing the 
biggest business it has done in over 
a yeiir. On the stage it had Charlie 
Murniy in person and on the screen 
Dancing- Da.ughter.s." The Hearst 
pup was used to help sell here, but 
the Murray following was obvious 
around the theatre and gave him 
some of the credit. ^Murray was in 
on a guarantee and got better than 
3,000 for his share in addition to 
his salary. 

"Mating Call," starring Thomas 
Meighan, was not hot at the Met, 
Sammy Cohen, the Fox comic, who 
ippeared In person, helped consid- 
erably. "State Street Sadie;" a 
Warner talker at the Warner house, 
was not the panic as its predeces-. 
.sors, for trade fell around $8,000 be- 
low the first stanza.. 

None of the $1.50 houses had any 
blare. They all took It on the nose. 
'White. Shadows," at Grauman's 
Chinese, got top money of the trio, 
but was away off/ It probably will 
be put in three or four weeks to 
make way for "Noah's Ark." At the 
Carthay Circle, "Mother Knows 
Best" ls .no riot. The trade there 
seem."} to think quite well of the 
Shaw and Chic Sale shorts, how- 
ever, "Godless Girl" bowed out of 
the Blltmore after seven weeks, get- 
ting an average of just a little over 
111.000 a d'ay on the final week. 

"Wings" dropped $4,000 below the 
week before in Its fourth Week at 
the Criterion. Second and final 
week of "Battlcpf Sexes" was about 
one-third below the first, which Is 
fairly good. Egyptian had fairly* 
good week with "Four Walls" on 
screen and Benny Rubin heading F. 
and M. unit on stage. Boulevard 
held up nicely With "Tiff any -Stahrs 
'Grain of Dust." 

Estimates for Last Week 
Biltmore (Erlanger), "Godless 
Girl" (Pathe) (1,550; 50-1.50) (7th 
week). Exit march of run played 
to $7,400. "SImba" current 

Boulevard (WC), "Grain of Dust" 
(T-S) (2,164; 25-50). This Inde- 
pendent well liked with F and M 
stage show; $5,700, 

Carthay Circle (WC - Miller), 
Mother Knows Best," wired (Fox) 
(1,500; 50-1.50) (2d week). No 
panic. Tackling Shorts the hit . 
Around $10,0Q0. 

Criterion (WC), "Wings.** wired 
(Par) (1,600; 25-75) (4th week). 
For length of run hero, great; $12,- 
700. First picture to show house 
profit In age. 

Egyptian (WC-UA), "Four Walls" 
(M-G) (1,800; 25-75). Gilbert and 
Rubin made around $8,000 possible. 

Grauman's Chinese (UA), "White 
Shadows," wired (M-G) (1,958; 50- 
1.50). With Grauman prolog aid, 
held to around $15,000. 

Loew's State (WC-Loew), "Dane.'* 
Ing Daughters," wired (M-G) (2,242; 
26-$l). Charlie Murray In person. 
Another good reason for record 
gro.ss; $38,200, 

Met (Pub-WC), "Mating Call," 
wired (Par) (3,595; 25-75). This 
Meighan not so forte. S.ammy 
Cohen, Fox comic, in person, helped; 
$23,.';00. 

United Artists (UA), "Battle o« 
Sexes" (UA) (2,100; 25-$l). Second 
and final week for this Grifllth; 

$i2,ooo; 

Warner Bros- (WB), "State Street 
Sadie" (WB), with dialog and talk 
short.s (2,756; 25-75), Not as big as 
conjured for second stanza. Around 
$22,500. One week to go. "Then Mr. 
Jolson. — — — u 



Stage Show Houses 

Best in Tacoma 



Tacoma, Oct. 9. 
(Drawing Population, 120,000) 
Weather: Cooler, Some Rain 

One less stage .show In town as 
Toby Leltch with the dramatic 
players, have returned to Seattle. 
This leaves Pan and Broadway; with 
Fanchon & Marco stage shows, to 
battle for the ellentole that likes 
acts with pictures. Rialto is hold- 
ing up well with big film and sound. 
Blue ISIouse is still .sending chills 
up and down spinal columns ■with 
"Terror." 

Estimates for Last Week 

Pantages (1,500; 25-50) "None 
T'.tit Brave" <Vn\). Good picture. 
Vaude f;ilr. $5,500. 
==Broad.way.=.:(.U=r>0:0;i==25~';0)--i^^ 
Slii-phcn]". (KN^. Nice picture but 
mild title. Fanuhon & Marco on 
st.age. $5,400, 

Blue Mouse dl.'imriek) (650; 50- 
75) "Terror" fWB) Wired. Dandy 
2d wr-r-k. ,$4:600. 

Rialto avc) (LsriO: 25-5n> "Pa- 
1rii)t" -n'ar). Not b.ad. $3,500,. 
Colonial (WC) (Hr.i): 'j',) "^'jinish- 
V.nu, (■]••' H'art. Tvne that 
' Jr:iv'. s at this srind. $1,600.. 

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8 



VARIETY 



PICTURE GROSSES 



Wednesday, October 10, 1928 




Ash's Oriental Return Draws 

I, Chicago; Run FOms Quit 




"Wings'; Leaves Strong, $18,000— "Lilac Time" and 
^Lights" on Repeats, $5,700 and $8,400 



.Cliicapo. Oct. 9. 
Weather: Varied 

JU'Hirning to Iho Oriental,, .Avith 
piio or the : poorest pictures bdokea 
into the hcmse In a year, Paul Ash 
dri'w ?47,000. It's a, good exampU' 
bC his local draw. House has. been 
above that figure only twice since 
ho left, usually hovering around 
$•10,000 and under. 

Opening day, Ash was forced to 
put on an extra show because of the 
llne-up outside the theatre at 10:30 
P; m. 

. Lodp's three run films closed last 
.wtok, with "Two Lovers" leaving 
United Artists aftei' only two weeks. 
Filth and last, week of "Wings,*' at 
McVicker's, was only six days, but 
did $24,000. This has beert a darb 
money-maker, but had to be jerked 
in favor of "Singing Fool," Three 
weeks of "The fatriot," . at the 
Rooseveilt, . lined up as moderate 
coin, opening to $26,000 and drop- 
ping $4,000 each week. 

Chicago jumped $2,000, to $44,000, 
with Warner's "Caught in the Fog," 
bringing the house back to normal. 
"Lights of New York" surprised 
.With a good $8,400 at the Orpheuiii, 
following both Loop and neighbor- 
hood bookings. Held for a second 
w eek. Another repeat, "Lilac Time," 
was strong at $5,700 for the Monroe. 
State-Lake continued its upward 
' stride with "Freedom of the Press," 
getting around $22,000. Better pic- 
. tures are responsible tor the im^ 
provoment at this vaudfilm stand. 
Estimates for Last Week 
Chicago (Publix), "Caught in the 
Fog" and Vita (WB); "West Point 
'Days" Publix unit (4,400; 50-75). 
Talker raised gross to $41,000; 
house back to average money. 

' McVicker's (Publix), "Wings" and 
.sound (2,200; 50-75). Only six days 
in fifth and closing week, but $24,- 
OOO; opened to record $46,000 and 
eased . off very slowly', "Singing 
Fool" in (WB). 

Monroe (Fox) "Lilac Time" and 
sound (FN) (970; 50). Second Loop 
hooking worth the. repeat; $5,700; 
"Lilac" previously broke record at 
• Roosevelt. 

Oriental (Publix), "Waterfront" 
(FN) and "Bag 0' Trlck.s" Publix 
unit (3,200; 50-75). Return of Paul 
Aish a .nifty with $47,000; picture 
rated very weak. . 

Orpheum (Warner). "Lights of 
New Ybi-V and Vita (WB) • (760; 
50). second Loop showing after 
.also playing neighborhoods; $8,400 
and hold over. 

Playhouse (Mindlln), "Ivan, the 
Terrible" (GOO; 50). About $1,000 
above average with $3,500; house 
reverts to legit Oct. 26, Mindlin's 
moving to another .spot. 

Roosevelt (Publix), "The Patriot" 
and sound. (Par) • (1.700; 50-75). 
Third week $16,000 and out; favor- 
able showing on run; "Man Who 
Laughs" (U) in. 

State-Lake (Keith), "Freedom of 
the Press" (II) and vaude (2,200; 
50-75). Better grade of . films bring- 
ing continued ri.se in gros.ses; $22,- 
000 last week. 

. United Artists (FA), "Two Lovers" 
(UA) (1,702; 35-75). Two-week 
run opened to ■$.28,000 and olo.sed at 
$20;750; average. 

Providence Goes for Tom' 
And 'Wings,' Both $26,500 



Providence, Oct. 9. 
(Drawing Population 300,000) 
Weather: Cool 

.Bigger 'n' better with, half page 
spreads in all dailies. Biz is get- 
ting hot. 

"The Jazz/ Singer," the only thing 
on . the record • books to: touch 
"Wings'" $14;000 at the Majestic; 
held for two weeks; $1 top couldn't 
faze 'em. "Uncle "Tom's Cabin" at 
the Strand also did top notch aft 
iind evening. "Across to Singapore" 
ii'ood and likeable. 

Estimates for Last Week 

Majestic (Fay) (2,200; 15-$1) 
••Wings" (Par) (2d week). Smash; 
$14,000. 

Strand (Ind) (2,000; 15-50) "Un- 
cle Tom's Cabin" (U). Loved it 
and good for s.r.o. many nights; 
about $12,500. 

Victory (K-O) (1,500; 15-50) 
"Across to Singapore'' (M-Ci). Con- 
sistent biz; $7,200. 

Rialto (Fay) (1.400; 15-30). 
Three change program; average 



$20,000 FOR 'TOOL" IN 
WASH,; HAINES,$21,500 

"Fleet's In" Light, $11, 000— 
"Fazil" Drops Fox to $22,500 
— "Patriot^s" 2d Wk., $7,000 




Minn. Tires of Underworld Films; 
Hennepin Best with "Daughters ' 



GRANADA AND WARFIEL 
COME IN AT $27,000 



. Washington, Oct. 9. 
(Drawing Potjulation, 450,000) 
Weather: Okay 

Everything last week centred 
around "The Singing Fool." It is 
scheduled for a five weeks' stay. - 

Palace had a surprise In "Exoess 
Baggage" which brought an extra 
$1,000 over the preceding week. 
Fox had a surprise, too. but In re- 
verse, as "Fazll" dropped in the 
face of the opposition. Clara Bow's 
"Fleet'3 In" did well at the Earle, 
but not up to the figures of previ- 
ous weeks with talkers. Got in an 
extra midnight show Friday, pre- 
ceding the regular opening. Which 
helped. 

Keith's finished three weeks of 
two-a-day vaudeville and a picture. 
House went grind on Sunday with 
a unit, "Morocco Bound," with the 
scale cut from $1 top to 35-50 cents. 

"Wings" did a nose dive on its 
third Week hut goes a fourth to 
keep the house open due to . Cohan's 
legit a;t tractions, "Whispering 
Friend:s," cahcelling. " S im b a " 
(film) has bieen booked in for next 
week after previously being shown 
at the Shubert house. Poll's. Jan- 
ning's "Patriot" had a bad second 
week iat the Columbia. 
: Opening Saturday of . current 
week was sad for everybody with 
the possible exception of the Colum- 
bia with "Dancing Daughters" as its 
first sound picture plus a Hearst 
campaign. Drop was caused by the 
Government half holidays having 
ended and the opposition of a big 
army relief carnival that attracted 
over 25,000. 

Estimates for Last Week 
Columbia (Loew) "Patriot" (Par) 
(1,232; 35-50). Bad .second week for 
a universally conc;6>ded excellent 
picture; $7,000. . ' 

Earle (Stanley-Crandall) "Fleet's 
In" (Par) (2,244; 35-50). Extra 
midnight show may have .brought 
this one up to;around $11,000. 

Fox (Fox) "Fazil" and Movie- 
tone (Fox) (3.432; » 35-50;75). 
Rather di.sappointing and opposition 
blamed; dropped house to $22,500. 

Keith's (K-O) "Hit of the Show" 
(FBO) and vaude., (l,t)3R; 50-75-$!). 
Slight improvement to maybe $8,500; 
went grind Sunday. 

Met (Stanley-Crandall) "Singing 
Fool" and Vita (WB) (l,5l8; 35-50- 
70). Broke hoii.se record with 
claimed $20,000. . 

National (Erlnngier - Kapley) 
"Wings" and sound (Par) (1,745; 
50-$1,50). Brodied in third week to 
around $9,000. 

Palace (Locw) "Excess Baggage" 
(M-G) and Movietone (2,372; 35- 
50). Crawled up $1,000 above pre- 
vious week; approximately $21,500, 



A BETTING OP VAUBNCIA DROPPED 
INTO TlIB HBABT OF NKW TORK 

You hear the melody of the song 
you love on the muted violin — on 
the octoroon — the saxophone — and 
always that delightfully soft, but 
emphatic, strumming accompani- 
ment of the banjo-ukelele 



It makes the dajice what you ex- 
pected it to be. 

It's a MEYER DAVIS ORCHES- 
TRA,, Bobby Bershad directing. 



SOUND HITS TORONTO; 
KEATON DOES $11,500 



First 2 Days of "Angel," 
$6,000— "Geese," $11,000, 
Pan;— Hipp, $13,000 



CLOSE PTLD. GROSSES; 
$88,500 FOR 6 HOUSES 



Albe« (K-O) (2,500; 10-75). 'H^er- 
fect Crime" (FBO) and vaude. Gool 
opening and $14,000. 

Fay's- (1,600; 15-75) vnudfilms. 
Had week, aro. und $1 1,500. 

HEATH SUPING FOE U 

Los Angeles, Oct. 9. 
A. B. Heath, veteran stage and 
flcreen director, .signed by T'niversMl 
to supervise all .sound pictures. I 



Portland, Ore., Oct. 9. 

Two Russian film Ifeatures in op- 
position last week, creating puzzled 
frowns from crities and managers. 
Pictures were "The Tempest" and 
"The Patriot." On the size oi the 
houses ".The Tempest" beat .""The 
Patriot" hands down. 

John Hamrick opened the new 
Music Box suoGOssfully. United Ar- 
tists had a good second week with 
"Two Lovers." New Dufwln will 
open with "The Bad Man" Oct. 14. 
with Henry Duffy dramatic stock. 
Estimates for Last Week 

Portland (Publix-W. C.) (3.500, 
35-(i0)— "Docks of New York," un- 
usual plot. C4ood business. F. & 
M.'s "Monkcyshines" .stage idea; 
$15,000. 

Broadway (W^ C) (2,000; 35-60)— 
"Tlie Patriot." High quality. One 
of l.H',«it pictures this season. Failed 
to o:itch on well; $12,500. 

Pantages (Pan) (2,000; 35-50)-- 
"Scarlot Lady." Five acts. Did 
.w:cj =41g,5M.-^.J.^.^..=- ^ 

Oriental (.Tebbctts) (2.700; 35-50) 
—2d week of "Kings." Held up 
well; $12,000. 

United Artists (P,irkor-W. C> 
(1.200; 35-50)— 2d week of "Two 
Lovers." Continu(>d big; $11,500. 

Columbia (D (1,200; 35-50)— 
"The Tempest." Good exploitation 
put over bumper business; $10,000. 

Music Box (Hanirlnk) (2,000: 35- 
,-0)- "(;iori()Us itetsy" exploited big 
iind got good returns, $15,000. 



TolPOhto, Oct.. 9. 
. (Drawing Population, 700,(X)0) 
Weaither: Fair and Cool 

Sound piictures were ushered into 
Toronto for the first time this week 
with "Street Angel" at the Tivoli. 
On the strength of a good campaign 
house opened to a line three deep 
and two blocks long. The line has 
not diminished. House was dark 
Monday to Friday to. complete; in- 
stallation and gTo.ss for Jirst two 
days is $6,000, all hou.se can do. Be- 
sides "Angel," Tom Daley had- Fox 
Xews and two Movietone shorts. 
The Uptown will be completely 
wired for sound stuff in less than 
a month. 

Shea'.s Hippodrome again led the 
town at better than $13,000 for 
"Heart to Heart" and a strong stage- 
show headlined by Roger Imhof. 
Loew's jupiped better than $1,000 
with "The Cameraman" to $11,500. 

Tiffany pictures are seldom shown 
here .so "Wild Geese" didn't get 
much of a show from a publicity 
standpoint but drew $11,000 to the 
I'aptages. This one has been 
around town ready for release since 
la.st winter.- Held to average for 
hou.se. 

Two Lovers" Increased matinee 
biz at the Uptown but evening 
grosses were about avernge. Resiilt 
was $9,500 or a sligh.t drop from 
previous week. "Fleet's In" was 
no wow on its Saturday opening. 
Looks as if censors had delayed 
"Ladies of the Mob" as it was 
booked well in advance of "Fleet" 
but has not yet been spotted. 
Estimates for Last Week 
Hippodrome (FP) (2,600; 30-60) 
"Heart to Heart" (FN). Mary As- 
tor usually cold here but drew well 
at better than $13,000; Roger Imhof 
big help on stage. 

Loew's (2,3-00; 30-60) "The Cam- 
eraman" (M-G). House came out 
t C temporary slump. at $11,500; good 
fa usi cal act on stage and radio plug 
ai.led. r ■ ' . 

Pantages (FP) (3(300; 30-60) 
•Vv ild Gee.se" (T-S). Increase over 
last week at $11,000. 

Uptown (3,000; 30-60)"Two 
Tvovers" (UA). About $9,500; in-: 
crease in matinee biz. 

Tivoli (FP) (1,400; 35-75) "Street 
Angel" (Fox) . Inaugurated sound 
PYiday; absolute rapacity for two 
days at $6,000 with no indication 
of letup; likely to break house rec- 
ord of $14,000. 



Good for "Crime"— Off for 
Dry Martini"— "Wings, 
$18,000, 3d Week 



San Francisco, Oct. 9. 
(Drawing Population, 756,000) 
Weather: Unsettled 

Picture grosses were generally 
off last week, only the Embassy and 
the California showing any real 
strength. . The Warfleld, for the 
first time in months.^ dropped con- 
siderably below $30,000. Revenues 
was exceptionally bad Saturday 
night, the entire street being below^ 
normal. . ^ 

Granada had a very sat>sfa;ctory 
week with its first synchronized 
feature, FBO's "The Perfect Crime." 
California could have held "Wings" 
a fourth week and the Embassy 
presented another talker program 
with "State Street Sadie," No re- 
ceipts broken but first week highly 
satisfactory. 

A dismal bloomer was 'Two 
Lovers." Gross was the lowest at 
the St. Francis in months. Imperi- 
al with vaude. and film' policy 
clicked handsomely. 

Estimates for Last Week 

Warfield (LoewrW. C.) ''Dry 
Martini" (Fox) (2,672; 50-65-90). 
Roundly lambasted by critics; even 
house regulars not slow to put on 
the pan; stage fare wasn't too forte, 
though novel; slipped to $27,000. 
lowest in some time. ^ .'^^ 

Granada (Publix-W. C.y "Perfect 
Crime" and, sound (FBO) (2,785; 
50-65-$l). House took, another lease 
on life despite unfavorable com- 
ments on talking sequences; a nov- 
elty for big house and business 
good; topped $27,000. 

CaTlfornia (Publix-W. C.) "Wings" 
(Par) (2,200; 65-90). Pulled a week 
too 'soon; third and final week an 
easy $18,000 ; "White Shadows, 

current. ■ j. 

Embassy (Wagnon) "State Street 
Sadie" and Vita (W. B.) (1,367; 50- 
65-90). Straight Vita house con- 
tinued to hold its own; initial week 
of new program reached $16,500; 
considered good. 

St. Francis (W. C.) "Two, Lovers 
(UA) (1,375; 35-65-90).- A bloomer 
and lucky to hit $G,0OO; one more 
week to go. 



MAINSTREET, $30,000, 
WITH 1ST SOUND FILM 



Piano Marathon 



Chicago, OcX. 9. . 

Grefit States Circuit is staging a 
piano pl.'iying rnarnthon at its Or- 
pheum, I'eoria. 

Contestants to play all day arid 
night, continuously, with . 1 ."i-niiuute 
lost periods. 



BURTON KING RESUMES 

Los Angiples, Oct. 9. 

Burton King has resumed his con- 
tract with Excellent and will pro- 
duce one picture before signing a 
new agreement.